Robin Hood With A Twist? Man From Ireland Used His Drone To Deliver Food During A Snow Storm
March 15, 2018 12:18 By Fabiosa
The temperature in parts of America have been terrible in 2018. The country has witnessed the lowest temperature it has seen in 100 years, with bomb cyclones thrown into the mix.
What is a bomb cyclone?
The extreme cold in January was blamed for the deaths of 9 people. A bomb cyclone, Storm Grayson, was expected to hit much of the Northeast.
All day Thursday meteorologists are going to be glued to the new GOES-East satellite watching a truly amazing extratopical "bomb" cyclone off New England coast. It will be massive -- fill up entire Western Atlantic off U.S. East Coast. Pressure as low as Sandy & hurricane winds pic.twitter.com/6M4S3y75wT
— Ryan Maue | weather.us (@RyanMaue) 2 January 2018
[Worcester, MA or Fairbanks, AK] Do you want to escape the bitter cold? Not too often Worcester, MA features a 5 day forecast that is colder than Fairbanks, Alaska. Enjoy the "relatively" mild weather @NWSFairbanks. pic.twitter.com/0enIDVtp8Z
— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) 2 January 2018
On March 2, Winter Storm Riley hit much of the Northeast and killed 6 people. It also left about 900,000 without electrical power. A week later, another bomb cyclone led to the death of 1 person in Suffern, Southern New York.
Robin Hood, but with a drone
Americans have been dealing with the effects of Winter Storm Riley by stocking up on supplies. But in Ireland, snow storm Emma did lead to a shortage of food. Bread became a scarce commodity in supermarkets.
However, a man named Patrick Mungovan came to the rescue of his countrymen.
Mungovan posted a footage of his drone making deliveries to the distressed on Facebook. He also mentioned that he was delivering bread to anyone living within a 3-mile radius of his house.
Around the world, drones are increasingly put to different uses. The United Arab Emirates holds a Grand Prix Drone Racing event.
Journalists also use them in areas where there is tight media control, and they have been used to map out flooding patterns as well.
Is he even allowed to deliver food with his drone?
The principles behind drone usage is still very unclear. Governments and drone makers have not agreed on definite regulations for how drones should be used within the U.S. and European airspace. However, Mungovan is not letting this stop him from helping people.
Although, most of his deliveries have been limited to his local community, he has been getting requests for deliveries and using his unmanned aerial vehicle to make a difference.