Today we talked with United States Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Jon Talbot, Chief Meteorologist and Capt. John Brady, weather officer for the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.
Lt. Col. Talbot supervises twenty Flight Meteorologists who are responsible for acting as mission directors aboard WC-130J weather reconnaissance aircraft. The Flight Meteorologists coordinate, collect and communicate critical weather data to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla., during flights into hurricanes and tropical storms.
Capt. Brady is responsible for directing weather reconnaissance aircraft into hurricanes and tropical storms to collect information, including storm center and intensity.
They discussed the winter-storm tracking missions that take place in the Northeast and Northwest corners of the United States as well as hurricane tracking.