Air Force's hurricane hunters provide dramatic peek at Harvey's eye wall

View of Hurricane Harvey's eye wall, as spotted by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter (Photo: U.S. Air Force via Twitter @53rdWRS)

ROCKPORT, Texas -- Just before monstrous Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas Friday night, the Air Force's Hurricane Hunters made one last pass through the storm's eye wall, and the scene was dramatic.

Amid surface winds of 100-130 mph on the eye wall, buoys inside the eye measured dead-calm winds. (Starry skies were visible in the Air Force video above.)

You can see Harvey's eye clear as day -- or night -- on the radar loop:

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The Hurricane Hunters feature brave pilots in specially equipped planes that criss-cross the eye walls in hurricanes to get critical in-storm meteorological measurements.

That data not only helps forecasters determine the current state of the storm and whether it's getting stronger or weaker, but can be fed into computer models as well. If you thought your flight over the Rockies had some turbulence, it probably doesn’t hold a candle to what the hurricane hunters experience.

Let's put it this way: Make sure your coffee cup is never filled to the brim or Mother Nature will empty it for you.

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