Hurricane Hunters: 2020 Was A Unique Hurricane Season

Delicious food, beautiful weather and … hurricanes. Yes, there are several inherent factors that come with life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and hurricane season is among them. So is Keesler Air Force Base, home of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron aligned under the 403rd Reserve Wing, also known as Hurricane Hunters. The primary mission of the Hurricane Hunters is to conduct tropical storm reconnaissance. When a storm is beginning to form, the National Hurricane Center will send the 53rd WRS to investigate the system. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has kept the Hurricane Hunters busy. This season shattered the previous record for most named tropical storms and hurricanes in a year at 30. WLOX Gulf Coast Weekend sat down with Lt. Col. Mark Withee to discuss the particulars of hunting hurricanes.

Footage provided by 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron


This infographic highlights key facts and statistics from the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season (at the time of publishing on November 24). The Atlantic hurricane season officially ends November 30, but storm activity in the tropics can sometimes continue beyond that date.

Courtesy: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration