The 2021 Hurricane Season is bringing firsts in scientific discovery. A "Saildrone
" got an inside look at a Category 4 Hurricane when it was directed into Hurricane Sam in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, September 30th.
According to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA), the Sail Drone sustained 50 foot waves and measured 120 mph sustained winds. The drone is sent into the storm to "collect real-time observations for numerical hurricane prediction models, which are expected to yield new insights into how large and destructive tropical cyclones grow and intensify."
The Saildrone is an unscrewed surface vehicle, or USV, developed privately, and partnering with NOAA to improve hurricane forecasting technology. The Saildrones have been used across other parts of the world's oceans to collect various data.
For more on Hurricane Sam's official forecast, click here
. We'll have more on the Saildrone's findings on WeatherNation throughout the week.