Cherokee Nation company to support hurricane research
The Associated Press and the Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/ - November 7, 2016 11:10 am
NASA's Global Hawk positions for its next mission.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Cherokee Nation Technologies has entered a partnership to support hurricane forecasting and damage assessment.
The Times Record (http://bit.ly/2eFlXms ) reports that the collaborative effort between the Cherokee Nation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA has been using an unmanned aircraft to fly above several hurricanes.
The aircraft deploys probes that automatically transmit information about its surroundings.
Forecasters use the collected data to assist in predicting the intensity and path of current and future hurricanes.
JC Coffey, a retired naval aviator and now Cherokee Nation Technologies’ executive director, says forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami are provided with real-time meteorological observations, which are used to get better forecasts on pending hazardous weather events and to increase satellite data continuity.