What a Category 4 storm looks like
Saildrone, whose ocean drones are helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) understand what drives the rapid intensification of storms, has captured the Category 4 Hurricane Fiona from the inside. The incredible video provides a completely new view of one of Earth’s most destructive forces.
On Thursday, Saildrone Explorer SD 1078 was directed into the midst of Hurricane Fiona, which is now impacting Bermuda before crashing into Canada this weekend. The ocean drone battled 50-foot waves and winds measuring over 100 mph to collect critical scientific data and the video that you can watch below.
SD 1078 is one of seven “hurricane” saildrones that are currently stationed in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to gather real-time data and help understand the physical processes of hurricanes. This knowledge is critical to improving storm forecasting and is expected to reduce the loss of human life by enabling better preparedness…