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How did this air force plane likely get into the eye of Hurricane Florence? [duplicate]

The annotation for this CNN video says Air Force plane flies into Hurricane Florence Watch as a US Air Force plane flies into the eye of Hurricane Florence to collect weather data for the ...
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Impact of hurricanes on flights that have to traverse affected areas [duplicate]

Hurricane Florence is forecast to reach the US east coast soon as a very strong hurricane. This makes me wonder if hurricanes have a big impact on commercial flights that have to traverse the area ...
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Is the size of hail on the ground any indication of the winds and updrafts of a thunderstorm?

Is there any rule of thumb or way to estimate the wind speeds or up and down drafts inside a storm by the size of hail that reaches the ground?
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Has a micro-burst or wind shear caused fatalities on takeoff?

Delta Flight 191 at Dallas-Fort Worth (1985), TANS Perú Flight 204 in Peru (2005), FedEx Express Flight 80 in Japan (2009), and Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 at New York's JFK, are all examples of ...
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How do modern commercial aircraft handle dust storms?

I live in West Texas where dust storms are an occasional fact of life. I am interested in how modern jet aircraft handle dust storms such as the one seen in the photo. From a pilot POV I can see that ...
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Can Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems be safely deployed in a storm?

Suppose the plane is in a thunder storm, and the pilot loses control of the airplane. Would deploying the ballistic parachute be a safe option? Meaning, is it likely that everyone would come out alive?...
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What is the weather term for snow and dust mixture?

An old pilot friend of mine told me today a story that I thought was interesting. He said that he was flying into Wichita, KS a couple decades ago and was listening to the ATIS when the weather ...
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How does an organization decide to evacuate planes (e.g. in a hurricane)?

I recently became aware that Embry Riddle temporarily evacuated Florida to escape an oncoming hurricane, taking dozens of planes with it. How does an organization like this decide that planes are at ...
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What sort of issues related to extreme heat (115°F, 46°C plus) would prevent takeoffs or landings?

I recently flew into and out of McCarran Airport Las Vegas (LAS) and a local told me that they never report the air temperature at the airport above 115°F (46°C) because the FAA does not allow ...