It’s not often you get the chance to peer inside a hurricane, but that’s exactly what dramatic new footage from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gives us the opportunity to do – all you need is access to YouTube.
The video was shot inside Hurricane Sam on 30 September 2021, by a plucky sailing drone known as Saildrone Explorer SD 1045.
The uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) had to battle with 120 mph (193 kph) winds and 50-foot (15-meter) high waves, according to the NOAA.
As long as you’re somewhere warm, dry and safe, feel free to click on the video footage below and see for yourself: the category 4 hurricane is not something you want to be stuck inside when you’re out on the ocean.
The SD 1045 is on a mission to collect real-time data that can then be used to improve hurricane prediction models. It’s fitted with a special ‘hurricane wing’ that means it can operate and keep recording in the stormiest of conditions.