Mary Lee flies with Hurricane Hunters

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:08:33 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2012 04:41:01 PM CDT

Aug. 28, 2012: KPRC Local 2 meteorologist Mary Lee gets ready for a 12-hour flight with the Hurricane Hunters.


It's every weather geek's dream to fly into a storm. So, you can imagine my excitement to fly with the hurricane hunters today.

I was given the official approval from our Air Force Reserve 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters" to ride with them as they fly into Isaac. My flight took off at 2 p.m. but we needed to arrive two hours early for a special briefing.

We will be dropping dropsondes, an instrument used to measure Isaac's temperature, humidity, pressure and wind conditions.

As a meteorologist, it's our job to forecast and analyze storms to keep you and your family safe. It's a job we take very seriously.

I must admit weather absolutely fascinates me. As a California girl, born and raised, I moved to Texas to experience and forecast "real" weather! I'm ready as I'll ever be for this once-in-a-lifetime experience to fly with the hurricane hunters. I've been waiting for this moment since I moved here to Houston two years ago.

I definitely can't wait to share this experience with you. I'll be taking pictures and videos during our 11-hour flight as we fly through and zig zag across Isaac. We should be in the storm as it makes landfall tonight. Wish me luck!

P.S. I already bought non-drowsy motion sickness prevention meds, just in case! I'm heading out to buy sound blocking headphones for the loud flight right now. Thanks for the advice, Frank!


Photos: Hurricane Hunters flight


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