Natural Disasters, July 18

1986 A tornado is broadcast live on KARE television in Minnesota when the station’s helicopter pilot makes a chance encounter.
1995 On the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Soufriere Hills volcano erupts. Over the course of several years, it devastates the island, destroying the capital and forcing most of the population to flee.
1996 Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Quebec’s costliest natural disasters ever.

Typically storm reporting is broadcast from the air. Aircraft are also used in Weather reconnaissance to acquire weather data. The term reconnaissance refers to observing weather from the air, as opposed to the ground.

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