Thursday Dinner Plenary - Jeff Masters
Hunting Hugo: the Hurricane Hunters' Wildest Ride
Jeff Masters will recount his final hurricane flight, done in 1989: a near-fatal penetration into the eye of Category 5 Hurricane Hugo, and then discuss the future of extreme hurricanes like Hugo in a warming climate.
Jeff Masters worked as a hurricane scientist with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. After a near-fatal flight into Category 5 Hurricane Hugo, he left the Hurricane Hunters to pursue a safer passion - a 1997 PhD in air pollution meteorology from the University of Michigan. In 1995, he co-founded the Weather Underground, and served as its chief meteorologist until 2019. After a 1-year stint blogging for Scientific American, he now writes on extreme weather and climate change for Yale Climate Connections.