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Staff Sgt. Andrew Kirk, 96th Weather Squadron, weather forecaster, watches the weather radar during Tropical Storm Hermine Sept. 1 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Kirk evaluates thunderstorms for height, severity and their ability to produce lightning. This level of detailed observation ensures safe flight operations for military and commercial aircraft as well as the safety of all base units and personnel. The observations are performed every hour, every day and disseminated nationally and worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ilka Cole)