FAQ’S about Hurricanes with short answers

7. How are hurricanes measured?

To measure the speed of a hurricane, "hurricane hunters" aircraft are used, whose pilots travel to the eye of the hurricane and release small devices to make such measurements. NASA has planes with flight autonomy of more than 28 hours, which can rise to 18 km in height, from where they fall into the eye of the storm to release such devices. These, cylindrical, about 30 cm long and 15 cm wide, can measure a number of values in addition to the temperature and wind intensity. These data are collected by equipment installed on the aircraft, which are processing the data, sending it to the National Hurricane Center for publication and location on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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