‘Saildrone’ Footage Offers Rare Peek Inside a Category 4 Hurricane

The video appears prefer it could possibly be b-roll from the 2000 movie “The Excellent Storm.”

The digicam is tossed round by winds topping 120 miles per hour and waves towering to 50 ft, all amid dense clouds.

However this isn’t Hollywood. The 28-second clip shot by an unmanned vessel on Thursday was a first-of-its-kind glimpse from inside a main hurricane, scientists from the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mentioned.

The 23-foot vessel pierced the eyewall of Hurricane Sam because it barreled by way of the Atlantic Ocean. Sam, which peaked as a Category 4 storm, was downgraded to a Category 2 storm on Sunday however was nonetheless packing winds of as much as 100 m.p.h.

“That is a actually groundbreaking accomplishment as a result of we’ve proven for the primary time that it’s attainable to ship an uncrewed, remote-controlled car on the floor of the ocean straight into a main hurricane — one of many harshest environments on Earth — and we confirmed that we will retrieve this extraordinarily beneficial knowledge from inside the hurricane instantly,” Greg Foltz, a NOAA scientist who was concerned with the hassle, mentioned in an interview on Saturday.