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July 28, 2023
Orange drone in the middle of blue water with clouds above and a rainbow in the background

SD 1079 deploys in Hawai'i with a rainbow seen in the background. Courtesy Saildrone, Inc..

Map with red-blue color bar with a black line showing the straight south route of the drones

The three Saildrone, Inc. uncrewed surface vehicles were launched from Hawai‘i and currently are at the equator in the central Pacific observing the developing El Niño. Sea Surface Temperature (SST) warmer than 90°F is shown in dark red. SST cooler than 70°F is shown in dark blue. This image was generated within the Saildrone, Inc. mission portal using the SST analysis from the HYCOM ocean prediction system. Click to enlarge map. 

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