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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit! We are Dr. Frank Marks and Commander Justin Kibbey, hurricane hunters and scientists at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML). We fly into hurricanes to help improve forecasts! Ask us anything!
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Hi Reddit! As hurricane season is in full swing we wanted to give you the opportunity to ask us any questions you have: My name is Dr. Frank Marks. I am the Director of the Hurricane Research Division at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. I received my Sc.D. in Meteorology from MIT. I’m an expert in tropical cyclones (known as hurricanes here in the US) and serve as the research lead of NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project (HFIP). I have been flying into tropical cyclones since 1980, and have logged over 10,000 hours on the P-3 aircraft! I’m here to answer all your questions about hurricanes and the latest hurricane research at NOAA. Ask me anything! I’m Commander Justin Kibbey of the NOAA Corps. I am a trained P-3 pilot. In March 2010, I was selected for an interservice transfer from the United States Navy to the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, at the Aircraft Operations Center in Tampa, Florida. My first hurricane flight was in September 2010, and ever since, I have flown about 20 flights per year! I help scientists gather data by piloting planes into hurricanes. Ask me anything! You can follow us on twitter @NOAA_AOML & @HRD_NOAA_AOML to stay up to date with all the different research projects at the lab! We’re live! Ask us anything! 3:25pm: Thanks Reddit, our time is up! Thanks for all your insightful and thoughtful questions about hurricane hunting and all things hurricanes. This was tons of fun and a great opportunity for us to share our experiences and connect with all of you! For more information on hurricanes and hurricane hunting you can go to the following NOAA websites: Office of Marine and Aviation Operations: www.omao.noaa.gov Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory: www.aoml.noaa.gov National Hurricane Center: www.hurricanes.gov To stay up to date on all things hurricane hunting & more follow us on twitter: Hurricane Research Division: HRD Twitter Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory: NOAA AOML Twitter Office of Marine and Aviation Operations: NOAA OAMO Twitter NOAA Hurricane Hunters: NOAA Hurricane Hunter Twitter