Drones to Fly Into Eclipse Totality Path to Study Weather

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Jun 29, 2011
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In contrast to all the negative things in the news about drones there is this.
"Drones to Fly Into Eclipse Totality Path to Study Weather
By Pam Wright 17 hours ago

While America stops to marvel at Monday's awe-inspiring celestial event, meteorologists and other atmospheric scientists will be busy flying drones into the path of the eclipse to study how the phenomenon affects weather.

According to a press release, a team of researchers from Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska will collect data observed by the drone for an aspect of a larger four-year project known as the “Collaboration Leading Operational Unmanned Development for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics”, CLOUD MAP for short.

The project's overall mission is to learn how to use drones, which are able to collect data in lower altitudes and near structure where manned aircraft and air balloons cannot venture, to better study the weather.

“There’s an impact during what we call the diurnal cycle, the night-day boundary, the sun comes out, starts heating up the ground, and that’s where a lot of our unstable weather phenomena starts to form,” Jamey Jacob, a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University, told Popular Mechanics. “The sun comes out, starts to heat the ground up, moist bubbles of air detach from the air as they get hot and go up and form thunderstorms, tornadoes, all kinds of things."