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Researchers testing forecasting drones to observe local weather changes

The drones will be flown each day until May 20 at sites across Oklahoma. (KTUL)

NORMAN, Okla., (KTUL) -- Researchers around the world are trying to improve how to predict weather coming into your area at a faster rate.

Several organizations were unveiling unmanned aircraft systems in Norman today meant to do just that.

Warning you of oncoming storms as early as possible can be crucial.

A project to observe important changes in the local environment that could produce severe weather was on display outside the National Weather Center.

“The project is profiling temperature and moisture and so forth up to 2500 feet," said Steve Koch.

Koch works with the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

He says the airborne mobile observing systems on display this morning could be the future of storm forecasting.

“It allows us to see if moisture is accumulating in one area that would be a good signal that things might start to erupt," said Koch.

Groups from the University of Oklahoma, The University of Colorado and a company called Meteomatics from Switzerland have all come up with their own idea.

Martin Fengler is the CEO of Meteomatics.

“This is like Columbus finding America," said Fengler.

Three different drones called the Meteordrone Rotary UAS, CopterSonde Rotary UAS and TTwistor fixed wing UAS are those ideas.

It's these experiments Fengler says could really change the game for forecasters worldwide.

The drones will be flown each day until May 20 at sites across Oklahoma.

The data will be then collected and used for future research.

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