The mechanical engineers from Oklahoma State University are developing drone that will be able to examine weather conditions and predict appearance of tornado. Until now traditional methods provided alert time of 13 minutes, with drones this time could be extended to an hour.
Phenomena of tornados lies in the difficult process of weather pattern identification. Current weather radars do not ensure adequate data and high-quality resolution. Drone technology could improve creation of tornado models and recognition of patterns.
Drones enable to fly during severe weather condition, gather data and possibly detect thunderstorms that can turn into tornado. However firstly engineers need to adjust drones to new application and test their performances during hard weather conditions.