Hurricane Fiona is Strongest storm of the season in the Atlantic Basinthanks to sail drones traveling through the heart of the cyclone, humans now have video evidence of what’s going on inside one of Mother Nature’s most powerful forces.
On Thursday, about 300 miles southwest of Bermuda, a Saildrone captured sea levels approaching 50 feet in winds of about 100 miles per hour.
The ocean seemed more mountainous as the Saildrone eerily climbed each wave and dropped into a chasm before catching the next wave.
of Scenes resemble those only seen in moviesbut technology allows humans to operate devices and collect critical data from thousands of miles away.
“Saildrone has once again demonstrated its ability to provide critical oceanographic data in the most extreme weather conditions. caused loss of life,” Saildrone founder and CEO Richard Jenkins said in a statement. “The data that the Saildrone vehicles are collecting will help the scientific community better understand the rapid escalation and give people living in coastal areas time to prepare.”
The automated floating weather station is remotely controlled and built to withstand Mother Nature’s worst impacts.
According to the company, Fiona’s drone is traveling through the storm at about 9 mph, but when it reaches the crest of a wave and descends while surfing, the forward speed of the drone could reach 40 mph. I have.
At least three saildrons intercepted the storm as it crossed the Caribbean Sea and headed for the southwest Atlantic.
powerful hurricane This isn’t the first time Saildrone has intercepted a Category 4 storm. In 2021, a hurricane rammed a car right in front of his Sam.
The drone captured 50 feet of ocean and wind speeds were estimated at around 140 mph.
The purpose of collecting the data is to better understand storm intensity and sea level storm surge.
“Unmanned systems in the air, on the surface and in the water have the potential to change the way NOAA fulfills its mission to better understand our environment,” said Philip Hall, director of NOAA’s Uncrewed Systems Operations Center, in a statement. “These exciting new technologies will provide NOAA with valuable tools to collect data in places other observing systems cannot.”