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Hurricane Hunters Tour

at Reagan National  Airport (DCA)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017



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Hurricane Hunters Tour
Coming to Reagan Washington National Airport
Tuesday May 9th, 2017


Want to tour the planes & talk to the pilots that fly into hurricanes for better forecasts?

For the first time ever, four Hurricane Hunter aircraft will be visiting Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) for a public event. Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force will visit to talk with our community to raise awareness of our local threats from  tropical cyclones, and the danger of being caught without a personal hurricane plan.

Hurricane Hunter pilots and crew from NOAA and USAF, as well as Dr. Rick Knabb (Director of the National Hurricane Center/NHC), NHC hurricane specialists, and meteorologists from our local NWS forecast office will all be on hand to educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness, and will be available for interviews.

Staff from local and state emergency management offices, non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, NOAA & FEMA, and other partners will be a part of the event.

Community groups, media, elected officials, and the public are invited to participate and tour the aircraft and exhibits. Public tours will start at 2 pm. The gates will close at 4:30 pm, but those inside will have until 5 pm to tour. Registration is not required for the public tours; those wishing to visit this event can simply show up any time between 2:00 and 4:30 pm. No backpacks or large bags permitted. Any attendee may have their bag searched.

For more information, contact Chris Strong of NWS Baltimore/Washington at 703-996-2223 or

NWS public safety, preparedness, and response partners: If you are interested in participating with us in this important hurricane preparedness event by hosting a partner outreach exhibit or booth, please let us know. You would be required to bring everything you need, including any tables or chairs. For more information about registering for a partner's exhibit, please contact Chris Strong at the NWS Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office.