Weather Talk: Hurricane Center to use drones to collect data
The National Hurricane Center has plans for using drones to measure pressure and wind during this year’s hurricane season.
These drones will then be able to spend up to two hours flying around inside the eye of a hurricane, collecting data in a way no piloted aircraft can do safely.
The drones cost around $70,000 each, but the Hurricane Center plans on using several of them on any storm that looks big or threatens to make a landfall.
This new cost to hurricane forecasting is expected to easily be made up in money and lives saved from better forecasts.
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