Fourteen minutes is how much time a city or town has between a tornado warning and when a twister touches ground, according to the national average from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But that warning time could increase to an hour with the help of data from drones.
Two days of violent weather have killed at least 30 people in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee and the storms are forecast to continue. In the future, the information collected by drones could help meteorologists make better tornado forecasts, Jacob said.
Jamey Jacob, an aerospace and engineering professor at Oklahoma State University, is leading a team of students in designing and developing drones to fly into storms and collect a storm’s pressure, temperature, humidity and wind speeds. … (Read more)