Why the US government is relying on Muppets for hurricane forecasts

If you thought the days of Kermit the Frog giving you the latest news ended when you stopped watching Sesame Street, then think again.

It turns out the US National Hurricane Center gets its information from Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Gonzo. 

Kermit and Miss Piggy are Lockheed Orion planes, and Gonzo is a Gulfstream jet. The three of them are used to forecast and gather information about hurricanes, and are monitoring Hurricane Florence as it approaches the United States' east coast.

Pigs can fly.
Pigs can fly. Photo credit: NOAA

In fact, they fly right into the massive storms and gather essential data about wind speed and air pressure.

Miss Piggy got her name after the aircraft suffered from years of cosmetic neglect and was referred to as the "pig of the fleet".

When a new team took over the maintenance of the aircraft, they restored it to its former glory and named it Miss Piggy.

Muppet creator Jim Henson and his production team got involved and designed logos for the rest of the small fleet, which were then named Kermit and Gonzo.

They can fly through winds over 250km/h. At category 3, Florence currently has winds of approximately 180km/h.