NOAA is running short on funds for drone program


A busy hurricane season has presented those who track hurricanes with an emerging headache.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is running short on funds for its drone program, which is used to help track hurricanes. The Coyotes, as described by an article in, help collect data in hurricanes. But with a shortage of the drones due to wear and tear, NOAA is now left with having to go alternate routes like a Gulfsteam jet that's becoming increasingly dangerous to fly.

The article states with the active hurricane season, there are fewer drones to do the research, which began in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy. Because NOAA received $140 million less in this year's budget, having more drones to use in information gathering has proven tougher.

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