53 WRS 2006 Hurricane Season Reconnaissance Summary
Lt Col Rich Harter
53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron
The 2006 hurricane season was a welcome respite from the record-breaking 2005 season. In fact, our flying hour total was the lowest since the El Nino season of 1997. The relatively quiet 2006 season provided psychological relief to those of us directly affected by Hurricane KATRINA and gave us an opportunity to complete re-construction efforts. In the meantime, the Step Frequency Microwave Radiometer passed the testing phases and is expected to be operational on a few of our WC-130J aircraft during the 2007 hurricane season.