In keeping up with today's technology-driven world, Southwest Airlines has embedded weather-detecting sensors on a fleet of Boeing 737s to create a mobile weather forecasting network located above the clouds.
This latest technology could possibly re-invent the traditional methods of gathering weather data. Contributors of the newest weather forecasting technology are Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and SpectraSensors.
The network uses a system called the Water Vapor Sensing Systems (WVSS-II) that is programmed to quantify the level of humidity, temperature and any incoming thunderstorms as the planes take off and land. The intelligent sensing system can even detect other weather conditions like fog formation and cloud ceilings.
According to the manager of the program Jeanine Hendricks, "WVSS-II observations add a critical new piece of weather data to the forecasting puzzle."