I was an AF aviation weather forecaster for 12 years, then 15 years as a dropsonde systems operator with the AF Reserve Hurricane Hunters.
By: Randy Bynon , 12:30 PM GMT on September 03, 2007
Good morning folks! My flight got back on the ground safe and sound.We didn't get quite the rough ride NOAA 43 had but we got bounced around enough.
Felix continued to intensify as we flew it. The pressure dropped from 936 mb on our first pass to 931 by our second pass and our sonde didn't quite the center so the pressure was probably a bit lower than that. It's tough to nail it when the eye is so small.
The eye was probably the best eye I have ever seen in a storm. Perfectly round, beautiful stadium effect. I didn't think we'd see much in the dark but the moon was just over the top of the eyewall cloud and there was more lightning then I have ever seen in a hurricane. So I got some cool shots. I'll post them!
One of our pilots captured some video during the first eyewall penetration. You can view that here
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