Watch a Plane Fly Directly Through the Eye of Hurricane Irma
A hurricane, for anyone in its vicinity, is most often seen from land, but one daring pilot braved the storm and captured a shocking view of Hurricane Irma from inside its eye.
The video was filmed from inside an aircraft that belongs to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The plane flew into the eye of Hurricane Irma in an attempt to predict its path.
In the footage you can see the fog, wind, and precipitation in the eye of the storm . You can also witness how quickly the weather calms and the sky clears as the plane comes out the other side.
While it may seem dangerous to fly into the eye of a hurricane, it can actually be safer than flying in the middle of a supercell thunderstorm. The winds of a hurricane move horizontally with smaller thunderstorms around the eye, making it easier for a pilot to handle, while the winds of a traditional thunderstorm move vertically.