NOAA scientists launched the first drones last September to study the development of Hurricane Edouard.
MIAMI, Fla Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plans to use more drones to analyze and forecast the development of cyclones in the next hurricane season in the Atlantic, which begins on Mid-May, reported this Monday agency sources.
“We are able to send important information directly to the National Hurricane Center (NHC),” said Joe Ciones, NOAA scientist and director of the Coyote program Atmospheric Administration, told the Sun Sentinel.
NOAA scientists launched the first drones of 13 pounds (5.9 kilos) each last September to study the development of Hurricane Edouard. And this year they will send more equipment technology with precise sensors, he picked up the newspaper Sun Sentinel.
These small drones, called “Coyotes” are designed to penetrate the most violent quadrants in a hurricane and get vital information that will improve weather forecasting.
The primary mission of “Coyote” consists on measuring barometric pressure, temperature and speed of the winds inside the storm.
After being thrown from a reconnaissance aircraft NOAA at the heart of a tropical system, its wings fit into the place and makes a small electric motor to rotate vertically.
Then a hurricane hunter plane pilot directed by remote controls the drone, which leads to various areas of the tropical storm.
El Niño, which is characterized by the unusual warming of the waters of the eastern equatorial Pacific, usually leads to greater activity of tropical storms in the Pacific and lower in the Atlantic.
The warm waters are necessary to fuel the heat engine of the tropical cyclone. NOAA will not release their predictions for the Atlantic until May 27, but the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States, based in Miami, warned from and caution due to the risks posed by the impact of a hurricane. “Just the impact of a single hurricane-to a population-to be a bad year.”