Hurricane hunters boldly fly above and into storms to gather important weather data. The US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters squadron refers to this as "tropical storm reconnaissance." The crews record wind speeds and monitor the storm's rotation, temperature and pressure. They also capture spectacular hurricane photos.
The Air Force Hurricane Hunters shared this photo on Sept. 6 showing the moon lighting up the inside of Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 monster storm. The team's official name is the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.
This panoramic view shows the sun setting in shades of purple and pink near Hurricane Irma. It's a look out from the flight deck of a WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft used by the US Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters.
Hurricane researchers refer to the bowl-like formation inside a hurricane's eye as the "stadium effect." This US Air Force Reserve photo from Sept. 5 shows the "stadium" wall and floor created by Hurricane Irma.
Multiple satellites are keeping an eye on massive Hurricane Irma from above. This color image comes from NASA's Aqua satellite. The space agency released it on Sept. 7. The photo shows the hurricane moving over Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Irma isn't the only threat in the Atlantic Ocean. Two more hurricanes, Jose and Katia, are active as of Sept. 7. This NASA and NOAA Suomi NPP satellite image shows Irma on the left and Jose on the right on Sept. 6.