(WFLA) - A group of dedicated "Hurricane Hunters" have been gathering information on Hurricane Matthew by flying into and around the powerful storm.

The flight crew and scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, play an important role in predicting the path and intensity of hurricanes.

They have also charted air quality across the globe, made measurements of El Nino and tracked ice packs and more, but the scientists say many in Tampa and even at MacDill Air Force base don't even know they exist.

It's a relatively small but dedicated group working for NOAA at MacDill Air Force Base, and they are committed to improving the science of predicting hurricanes.

"There's not a lot of jobs out there where you can go home after a day of working and really feel like you've made a difference in people's lives," said Paul Flaherty, who is the chief of the science section for NOAA.

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