For the majority of the public, the closest they'll ever get to a hurricane is on the news. Thanks to the Weather Channel's new series Hurricane Hunters, that's all about to change.
The docu-series, which premieres June 11, follows the lives of the world's most extreme meteorologists as they fly directly into the eyes of hurricanes to get the crucial data necessary to help determine the storm's path and strength. The film crew, led by director Christian D'Andrea, accompanied a squad of hurricane hunters as they flew into every major hurricane and tropical storm of the 2011 season, including Hurricane Irene.
While most pilots are trained to avoid bad weather, hurricane hunters go right into it. "Any good story has the belly of the beast," D'Andrea tells TVGuide.com. "These guys, these heroes, go into the belly of the beast 24/7 every day. That's what you're going to see. These trips into the belly of the beast."
One of the pilots featured on the show is Maj. Sean Cross, who is currently living out his childhood dream for the 12th season in a row as a hurricane hunter. For Cross, there's no doubt that the risks attached to the job are worth the reward. "When you see that firsthand right out in front of you, it's incredible," Cross says of seeing inside a hurricane. "It's Mother Nature's way of throwing you a bone and letting you take a look inside some of her most incredible things that she's created."