Congressman Darren Soto is applauding passage of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, which includes language that will add two additional Hurricane Hunter aircraft to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fleet. Soto worked with Florida Senator Bill Nelson, who championed the measure in the Senate (story HERE).
The legislation was inspired after mechanical problems grounded the lone Hurricane Hunter aircraft during the Hurricane Hermine last year, prompting federal officials to go scrambling to find a replacement with no notice. Hurricane Hunter Aircraft fly through over on top of severe weather fronts relaying important information to personnel on the ground.
“These planes, and the pilots who fly them, are critical to gathering the data we need to accurately forecast and protect Floridians from the powerful storms that too often strike our state. This capability is essential to our ability to respond to weather emergencies,” Congressman Soto said. “I applaud Senator Bill Nelson for his leadership in the U.S. Senate on this potentially life-saving legislation.”