UNL researchers set to begin drone Tornado study

A highly-anticipated research project involving drone-based study of severe storms will start this spring.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and a handful of other universities will start the targeted observation by radars and UAS of supercells project on the 15th May.

This will be the largest-ever study of its kind which will involve more than fifty individuals – including scientists and students.

The individuals involved in this study will use four unmanned aerial vehicles, a manned aircraft, eight trucks fitted with meteorological instruments, a number of mobile radar systems and sophisticated weather balloons to collect data on supercell thunderstorms1.

1: These types of thunderstorms often have a deep rotating updrafts that – most likely – spawn Tornadoes.

The study – which was announced last fall will include the 2019 and 2020 severe storm season – will cover the Great Plains from North Dakota to Texas. Not forgetting to mention Iowa to Wyoming and Colorado.

The goal of the study is to better understand the hidden composition of severe storms. The overall result is that the data gathered will improve the detection of Tornadoes and reduce the number of false-alarm warnings that are issued.

The below video illustrates a similar type of project/study undertook by The Sirens Project.

We’re going to leave this article here. We highly recommend that you read the journalstar’s article on the study – which you can read here.