Could storm-chasing UAVs help predict tornadoes?

(Credit: Oklahoma State University )

In the wake of the colossal tornado that rampaged through 17 miles of central Oklahoma, plans for storm-chasing UAVs are taking on new significance.

Students at Oklahoma State University have been working on “storm-penetrating air vehicles” that could help cope with deadly tornadoes.

The aircraft are “designed to penetrate thunderstorms, including the supercells that spawn tornadoes” to gather data used to predict storms and warn people about them, the university said in a release.

The three vehicles designed by engineering students could also be used to build better predictive models of tornado-spawning storms.

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