Hurricane Fiona: The Saildrone Explorer SD 1078 surface vehicle captures stunning new video of the Category 4 storm

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a hurricane looks like at sea level?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released footage from inside Hurricane Fiona, the first Category 4 storm of the 2022 season, moving north in the Atlantic.

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The footage comes from the Saildrone Explorer SD 1078, a surface vehicle that collects data 24/7 to help scientists better understand hurricane intensification and processes.

SD 1078 is said to be one of seven “hurricane” sailing drones deployed in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico during this hurricane season.

Detailed and simplified graphics describing the sensors carried by the Saildrone Explorers during Mission 2022.

Courtesy: Saildrone

NOAA says this knowledge is critical to improving storm forecasting and is expected to reduce loss of life by enabling better preparedness in coastal communities.

“Saildrone once again demonstrates its ability to provide critical ocean data in even the most extreme weather conditions,” said Richard Jenkins, Saildrone Founder and CEO.

NOAA said they also have underwater gliders, surface drifters, profiling floats and aircraft to work together to get deeper insights than ever into how hurricanes develop.

This is the second video footage Saildrone has released from inside a major hurricane. Last year, SD 1045 spent 24 hours in Category 4 Hurricane Sam, returning high-resolution video and images in near real-time.

SEE MORE: Saildrone captures the inside of Hurricane Sam in a unique video

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Laura Coffey

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