A striking photograph showing a side to a storm most of us will never get the chance to experience has gone viral.
Meteorologist and ‘Air Force Hurricane Hunter’ Garrett Black from the US has shared a mesmerising pic of the clear, blue eye of Hurricane Dorian; beams of sunlight streaming through the dense cloud formation.
The white cloud looks as pure and as touchable as a a fresh pile of snow; a near perfect semi circle beneath the endless, breathtaking blue. From this perspective, it’s easy to forget the chaos unfolding back down on earth.
As reported by BBC News, Hurricane Dorian is the most powerful storm ever to strike the Bahamas; causing flooding and ripping roofs from houses.
The Category 5 storm is also said to be the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever to be recorded, with sustained winds of up to 165mph (270km/h).
The incredible work done by people such as Black is crucial to understanding and preparing for such perilous weather conditions.
Most recent dropsonde in #Dorian's eye has a "V" signature that indicates sinking air almost all the way to the ocean surface. This is an extreme signature, and very rare.
The pressure when adjusted for surface wind is about 913mb. pic.twitter.com/wie1hbk4AY
— Levi Cowan (@TropicalTidbits) September 1, 2019
As reported by the New York Post Black is a first lieutenant and aerial reconnaissance weather officer at the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, based at Mississippi’s Keesler Air Force Base.
The ‘Hurricane Hunters’ fly huge Super Hercules aircraft right into storms for data gathering purposes, a job which sounds terrifying and thrilling all at once.
During such flights, Hurricane Hunters are able to figure out vitally important information such as temperature, wind speed and direction, humidity and surface pressure. These findings are then used by the National Hurricane Center to prepare forecasts.
Another tweet from Black includes a video clip taken from inside the aircraft, revealing the same deceptively peaceful which is both heavenly and stomach twisting all at once.
— Jordan Sun (@jordan_sun20) September 2, 2019
People have expressed awe and fascination for brave Black and his colleagues, firing questions about what it’s like to – quite literally – fly into the eye of a storm.
One person trembled:
I have concerns. I get that flying around inside the eye is calm and serene but how did you get in there? How do you plan on getting out?
That is just incredible! Looks like you could climb it. Beautifully shot. Unfortunate it’s a harbinger of death and destruction.
As reported by BBC News, the Red Cross fears some 13,000 homes have been either damaged or destroyed during what has been described as a ‘monster storm’.
Hurricane Dorian is now slowly moving west, with the eastern US coast reported to be at risk. A state of emergency has been declared in the states of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina.
Earlier today it was reported Hurricane Dorian had claimed its first victim, 8-year-old Lachino McIntosh.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.