Sunday, April 29, 2007

Road Trip to Daytona Beach ???

Forecasters Go Airborne To Promote Hurricane Awareness

NOAA hurricane experts will travel aboard a NOAA WP-3 Orion turboprop Hurricane Hunter in a five-day, five-city tour of the East Coast beginning April 30 to raise public awareness of hurricanes that can threaten the Atlantic Seaboard.

Bill Proenza, the new director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, Richard Knabb, PhD., senior hurricane specialist, and Michelle Mainelli, hurricane specialist, will join the crew and scientists aboard the aircraft when it visits North Kingstown, R.I.; Cape May, N.J.; Martin State Airport near Baltimore, Md.; Elizabeth City, N.C.; and Daytona Beach, Fla. The public and media are invited to tour the aircraft and speak with the delegation.

Educating the public is our continuing mission,” said Proenza. “Even though last season had a below average number of tropical cyclones with no landfalling hurricanes, we remain in an active hurricane cycle likely to last another 10 to 20 years. Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy."

“We spend considerable time talking with children on the aircraft. If any of them take that message home to their parents, many more lives can be saved. This is a great way to teach hurricane awareness,” said James McFadden, Ph.D., chief of programs at NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center.

The team of NOAA hurricane experts will be joined by emergency management officials, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, and various local National Weather Service forecast offices.

The Hurricane Awareness Tour has been conducted for more than 25 years, alternating between the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, and is followed by NOAA’s hurricane hazard education campaign during national Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 20 to 26. The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.

Tour Schedule
Date Airport Public Tours of Aircraft
Mon, April 30 Quonset State Airport – North Kingstown, R.I. 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tue, May 1 Cape May County Airport, N.J. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wed, May 2 Martin State Airport near Baltimore, Md. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thur, May 3 USCG Support Center in Elizabeth City, N.C. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fri, May 4 Daytona Beach International Airport, Fla. 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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Rick said...

I would be all over it but I messed up and signed up for ER duty that day. Bummer!!

Jay Reid said...

I've got a training class in JAX, but I might get out of there by 3pm, putting me in Daytona by 4-ish. We'll see...

Dewdrop said...

Big time bummer... That's the other thing that needs to go on my list of "Must-do-before-I-die" things... I have the relay on Friday. I am definitely tied up with that; otherwise, I would be all over it... If you hear of such a thing in the future let us know, and if you go, you'd better take lots of pics!!!