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Watch as these USA Hurricane Hunters Fly Into The Eye Of Hurricane Mathew! The NOAA Hurricane Hunters crew returned from a very turbulent flight into the powerful Hurricane Matthew on WP-3D Orion NOAA 43. Take

A lot of us have heard of NOAA's Hurricane Hunters, the fleet of scientists and meteorologists who fly through tropical systems to investigate their intensity and path. But now a different aircraft, without any humans onboard, is helping experts back on the ground improve hurricane forecasts. NASA's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft departed the Wallops Flight Facility along the Virginia Eastern Shore on Wednesday, August 26 at 7 a.m. for a 24 hour flight to study Tropical Storm Erika.

Jason Dunion is a hurricane researcher. It's his job to find out what makes hurricanes tick by studying the "eye" of the storm. As a boy, Jason often tape-recorded himself as a weather person going after nasty storms. Now, as a researcher for NOAA's Hurricane Division, he flies directly into the center of the hurricane!


Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene: one of the top ten most destructive hurricanes to hit the United States since 1980. In this handout image provided by NOAA, Hurricane Irene churns of the coast of the Carolinas on August 26, 2011. (NOAA via Getty Images) #