Earlier this year, NOAA tested research drones in Maryland that will be used this hurricane season. The goal is to improve hurricane intensity forecasts.
This hurricane season, the latest drone technology will be used to focus on where storms get their energy. This is about 2,000-3,000 feet above the surface of the ocean.
This is the most dangerous part of the storm for Hurricane Hunters, so it often isn’t sampled by the aircraft data.
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Right now, we use dropsondes that are sensors released from a NOAA aircraft to the ocean surface collecting data in a hurricane. They give meteorologists a snapshot of the weather conditions.
The drones will create a continuous flow of data in a hurricane. They can ideally collect data for 3 hours and cover 265 miles.
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Source: Alyssa Pejic, Action News Jax
Photo credit: NOAA – NOAA Research Drone