All eyes are on Invest 98L and if it will hit SWFL next week, and seven drones were just sent out into the Gulf of Mexico to collect hurricane data.
When meteorologists are collecting data, especially about hurricanes, they use a variety of sources like aerial drones and ships, and last season NOAA hurricane hunters began using ALTIUS, an aircraft drone that is sent out into the most dangerous parts of the storm.
Also, last season, there was another type of drone launched and this time it was on the water and called Saildrone. Researchers sent five of them out into the Atlantic Ocean, with one of them going in and out of Hurricane Sam. It proved that not only can the Saildrones survive 100 foot waves and winds of 140 mph, but it was able to send back the first-ever live video footage from inside the eye of the hurricane.
In a world first, a @saildrone has captured video from inside a hurricane.— NOAA Research (@NOAAResearch) September 30, 2021
The Saildrone battled Hurricane #Sam's 50-ft waves and 120+ mph winds to collect critical scientific data and give us a brand new view of one of earth’s most destructive forces. https://t.co/vWHJUo1y2r pic.twitter.com/gO22wBhua2
This year, seven Saildrones will be going out the places where they will have the best chance to be in the path of a hurricane, with five sent to the Atlantic and two in the Gulf of Mexico. And what’s cool is that there’s no risk to human life with sending people out into the storms.
Richard Jenkins, the CEO of Saildrone said, “Combining in situ ocean data with a better understanding of the ocean floor, will help us predict both storm intensity and storm surges, keeping our coastal communities safer from these destructive events.”
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