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On Thursday May 7, 2009, the P-3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft visited the Wilmington International Airport. Click on the links below to see the pictures and descriptions.
a picture of the outside of the office The P-3 aircraft with a cumulonimbus cloud developing in the background.
a picture of the nws mission Science and Operations Officer Reid Hawkins...Journey Forecaster Ron Steve...Electronics Technician Vinny Gonzales...and Senior Meteorologist Tim Armstrong(background) getting the display set-up.
a picture of the need for spotters Some of the other organizations getting set up.
a picture of the warning process Ominous clouds off to the north.
a picture of the warning process Meteorologist in Charge Mike Caropolo preparing for a television interview.
a picture of the thunderstorm dangers Science Information Officer Reid Hawkins and Lead Forecaster Tim Armstrong talking with students from Rachel Freeman Elementary School in Wilmington.
a picture of flooding Students checking out a University of North Carolina Wilmington booth.
a picture of what to report with flooding After morning showers...the skies cleared and the line to tour the P-3 grew longer.
a picture of large hail An official from the crew directing traffic.
a picture of large hail damage Mark Suddoth speaking to students from South Topsail Elementary School.
a picture of how to report large hail Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Cole from the Morehead City office along with Tim Armstrong, Senior Meteorologist from the Wilmington office.
a picture of what to report large hail Students from Acme-Delco Elementary School listening intently to Science Officer Donald Hawkins.
a picture of what to report when reporting wind speeds As the afternoon passed...the line to tour the P-3 diminished.
a picture of what a microburst Science Officer Donald Hawkins and Meteorologist in Charge Mike Caropolo making sure the van doesn't roll away.
National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office, Wilmington NC
2015 Gardner Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 762-4289

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