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Mark your calendars! The Hurricane Hunter aircraft and pilots will be coming to Pennsylvania for the first time ever on Tuesday May 7, 2019!

The 2019 Hurricane Awareness Tour will make a stop at Harrisburg International Airport on May 7, 2019. Public tours run from 2-5pm with all ages welcome to join us! Come tour inside the aircraft, meet the crew members and pilots, and talk with National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham. Local first responders will also be on site and you'll be able to see helicopters, firetrucks, and other emergency response vehicles. Although you may not think hurricanes really affect Pennsylvania, come learn about the impacts of inland flooding and other hazards associated with hurricanes from National Weather Service meteorologists, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and many others!

Special thanks to our sponsors:

     

        

http://www.met.psu.edu/

https://www.millersville.edu/cdre/   

https://www.wegmans.com/

https://www.accuweather.com/

http://www.flash.org/

See below for more information and specific details about this first-time event that you won't want to miss:


2019 NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour coming to

Harrisburg International Airport on Tuesday May 7, 2019

 

Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will visit five U.S. East Coast cities, flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft along with the NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft, to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.

One of the stops on the 2019 Hurricane Awareness Tour will be Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This stop will occur at Harrisburg International Airport, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

The WC-130J is one of ten such aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force Reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing, located at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. Military air crews fly directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data that are critical for forecasting a tropical cyclone’s intensity and landfall.

The NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion “Hurricane Hunter”, is widely known for use in hurricane research and reconnaissance. The versatile turboprop aircraft is equipped with a variety of scientific instrumentation, radars, and recording systems for both in-situ and remote sensing measurements of the atmosphere, the earth, and it's environment. The NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, FL maintains and operates two Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft in order to conduct low-altitude data collection to fill gaps in data not available from ground based radar or satellite imagery.

The National Hurricane Center Director, Ken Graham, and Hurricane Specialist Daniel Brown, including USAF and NOAA hurricane hunter crew members, will be on hand to educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness and will be available for interviews. Staff from local emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), and personnel from the National Weather Service offices will be part of the team at each stop.

Community groups, media, elected officials, select local schools (schools by invitation only), and the public are invited to participate and tour the aircraft and exhibits. Public tours will be given from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.   Registration is not required for the public tours; those wishing to visit this event can simply show up any time between 2:00 and 5:00 pm. 

Participating Aircraft

 

The Harrisburg, PA stop on the Hurricane Awareness Tour will feature two Hurricane Hunter Aircraft.  

   

The WC-130J is one of ten such aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force Reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing, located at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. Air crews fly directly into the core of tropical cyclones to gather data critical for forecasting tropical cyclone intensity and landfall.

 

 

 

 

The NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion “Hurricane Hunter”, is widely known for use in hurricane research and reconnaissance. The versatile turboprop aircraft is equipped with a variety of scientific instrumentation, radars, and recording systems for both in-situ and remote sensing measurements of the atmosphere, the earth, and it's environment. The NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, FL maintains and operates two Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft in order to conduct low-altitude data collection to fill gaps in data not available from ground based radar or satellite imagery.

Tour Components

 

 

NWS State College Introduction Presentation\
and Tour                    
This portion of the event will run from 9:30 AM until 2 PM, and will be available to select school groups by invitation only, and media tours only.
NOAA's Lockheed WP-3 Orion Hurricane Hunter Aircraft
This aircraft will be on display throughout the duration of the event.  Visitors will be able to view this aircraft from the tarmac, and will be able to learn more about this aircraft via static displays adjacent to the aircraft.
 
USAF Reserve, WC-130J Hurricane Hunter Aircraft
This aircraft will be on display throughout the duration of the event.  Visitors will be able to participate in guided walk-throughs of this aircraft.
Public Safety and Preparedness Exhibits and Displays                                           
In addition to the aircraft, several NWS partners will be on hand staffing exhibits and display booths to join us in our effort to promote hurricane awareness, preparedness, and resiliency.  Examples of such partners and exhibits include:  American Red Cross, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania State University, Millersville University, and many others. This portion of the tour will be available to all visitors and will run through the duration of the event.

 

Event Timeline

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Press conference and event kick-off
9:45 AM to 10:15 AM C-130 / P-3 VIP Tours
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM School group tours - by invitation only
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM C-130 / P-3 Media Tours
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM                      Event Open to the Public for Tours - Registration is not required.  Those wishing to visit the event can simply show up.
5:00 PM Gates To Enter Event Close

 

 

Exhibitor Information

 

In addition to the aircraft, several NWS partners will be on hand staffing exhibits and display booths to join us in our effort to promote hurricane awareness, preparedness, and resiliency. 

The following NWS Partners will have booths, emergency vehicles, and exhibits on display:

  • Midland Radio Corporation
  • Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
  • Pennsylvania Insurance Department
  • USAA
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission
  • The Salvation Army Harrisburg
  • American Red Cross
  • The Pennsylvania State University Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
  • Weather World
  • Millersville University Center for Disaster Research and Education
  • Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
  • Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue
  • National Weather Service State College, PA
  • Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • AccuWeather
  • CoCoRaHS
  • Nurture Nature Center
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Harrisburg International Airport

Here is a tentative map of static displays for Tuesday's event:

Event Layout

 

Event attendees will be directed to park in the lot right across from the AvFlight building (west of Fairfield Inn & Suites). There is a crosswalk from this lot that leads to the tarmac where aircraft will be parked. There will be plenty of signs to direct visitors where to park and how to access the Hurricane Awareness Tour, so please look for those signs as you are approaching the parking lot.

The following image shows the layout of exhibits outside the terminal on the tarmac and the general flow of traffic.

Location, Parking, and Directions

 

The Harrisburg, PA stop on the 2019 East Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour will take place at Harrisburg (MDT) International Airport, General Aviation Terminal, on Tuesday May 7, 2019.

Driving directions: 

The MDT General Aviation Terminal is located at 3 Terminal Drive, Middletown, PA 17057.   The easiest way to access the General Aviation Terminal is via the Harrisburg International Airport exit on PA-283 W and follow the signs to the terminal. The map below shows details regarding this route and entrance.  

Parking and Event Entrance:

The event entrance (and exit) will be near the NW corner of the tarmac area There will be plenty of signs to guide visitors to the parking area and event entrance.  In addition, please utilize the maps below that show the layout, parking, and entrance details. Public parking is free of charge and available directly across the street from the tarmac (just west of Fairfield Inn & Suites).

Other Stops on the 2019 East Coast HAT Tour

 

 

DATE

CITY / ST

(click link for more info)

AIRPORT

I.D.

HOST OFFICE

05/06 – MON

North Kingstown, RI

Quonset State Airport OQU

WFO Norton/Boston, MA

05/07 – TUE

Middletown, PA (Harrisburg)

Harrisburg International Airport

MDT

WFOs State College, PA & Mt. Holly, NJ

05/08 – WED

Roanoke, VA

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport

ROA

WFO Blacksburg, VA

05/09 – THU

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

CLT

WFO Greenville/Spartanburg, SC

05/10 –  FRI

Brunswick, GA

Brunswick Golden Isles Airport

BQK

WFO Jacksonville, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For more information on the Harrisburg event, contact Pete Jung of NWS State College at 814-231-2423, or Peter.Jung@noaa.gov.