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Hurricane hunters use Finnish technology while chasing Hurricane Nigel

Hurricanes in the Atlantic are commonplace between June and November.


Finnish weather intelligence company Skyfora´s StreamSonde DS instruments are currently being used by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA’s Hurricane Hunters have been harnessing the technology to collect data and increase understanding of such extreme weather phenomena whilst pursuing Hurricane Nigel in Atlantic Ocean.

The hunters are renowned for their flights into the heart of storms, collecting data crucial for hurricane research and forecasting. A pivotal aspect of their operation involves dropping data-gathering sondes directly into the hurricane's eye to retrieve vital measurements including air pressure, temperatures, humidity, and high-precision wind speed and turbulence.

Skyfora's advanced instrument promises significant and improved hurricane data,” said Joseph J. Cione, lead meteorologist at NOAA Hurricane Research Division. “We look forward to the results of this collaboration.”

Skyfora's instruments travel longer with the winds due to their ultra-light structure, increasing the measurement time four-fold in the heart of the storm.


The deployment of Skyfora’s technology comes on the back of years of collaboration with NOAA Hurricane Research Division. The Helsinki-headquartered company's StreamSonde DS instrument has also been subject to academic and research interest, with American elite institutions like Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Oklahoma State University, Saint Louis University and University of North Dakota exploring its possibilities.

By: James O’Sullivan