New paper on hurricane research with drones highlighted in UCAR/NCAR news

A new paper by a team of scientists, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), demonstrates that observations just above the surface of the ocean near the eyewall of the storm can improve the performance of hurricane models used by forecasters. Scientists in 2017 and 2018 flew the Coyote unmanned aircraft into hurricanes Maria and Michael, two of the most powerful Atlantic basin hurricanes on record. The unmanned aerial system (UAS) measured atmospheric conditions as low as 360 feet above the water and winds of up to 194 miles per hour.

NOAA scientist Joe Cione, lead author of a new paper on using disposable drones for hurricane observations, holds a Coyote drone in front of a NOAA P-3 “hurricane hunter” research aircraft at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. (Image courtesy NOAA.)

You can read the UCAR/NCAR News article at, and the article on the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society at