Drones can be fragile, and it’s important to protect them from severe weather whenever possible. But many people find it difficult to predict exactly what the weather will be like when they’re trying to capture footage. Large-scale technology, like weather siren systems, doesn’t provide much useful information about the safety of flying drones on any given day. One possible solution to this problem is to use Earth Networks’ specialized weather reports for drones.
How Wind Affects Drones
Wind is the biggest factor that affects a drone’s flight. These machines work best on clear, still days. Strong winds can push a machine off course, burn up battery power more quickly than usual, and even cause crashes.
Predicting Weather at Low Altitudes
Even if the air feels still on the ground, this likely isn’t the case higher up in the air. Winds tend to pick up speed at higher altitudes. Don’t just guess about whether it’s a safe day for flying – verify the speed of the wind at different altitudes by checking a weather reporting system made with drones in mind.
Earth Networks’ Sferic DroneFlight is one such system. This tool reports the wind’s speed and direction in 10-foot intervals up to 400 feet in the air. Drone owners can feel confident about flying their machines with such precise information at their fingertips.
Keeping Drones Away From Storms
Storms are another major threat to drones. Rain, hail, and lightning can all be highly damaging to delicate machine parts and electrical components. Sferic DroneFlight shows pilots where pockets of severe weather are developing, so they can steer clear. The system even includes predictions of future severe weather, which can be helpful on remote missions without internet access.
It’s important to protect drones from wind and severe weather conditions. Earth Networks’ Sferic DroneFlight is one tool that helps drone owners recognize potential weather threats and fly at safe times. Get in touch today to learn more about weather technology or to start making a disaster recovery plan.