If you have ever been looking forward to a weekend flying your favorite drone all over only to have it ruined by one of those all day rains then you have probably wondered if you could just take it out in the rain anyway. Afterall, drones are pretty sturdy devices and can withstand a decent amount of abuse so they should be able to handle a little bit of rainfall\u2026 right?\n\n\n\nUnfortunately drones should not be used in the rain unless they are entirely waterproof. Most drones will allow the rain to get in through the air intake which in turn will mess up the electronics inside and ruin your drone. \n\n\n\nNow i know that right now some of you might be screaming at your screens saying that you took your drone up in the rain before and it was \u201cjust fine\u201d but was it really? I\u2019ve dropped phones into puddles before and they still worked afterwards but does that mean that I should keep getting my phone wet? Obviously not! \n\n\n\nThe same is true with your drone! \n\n\n\nYou might get away with flying a drone in the rain once or twice if the wind isn\u2019t blowing the water into certain spots but you can\u2019t count on that happening every time you fly your drone in the rain and it is only a matter of time until your drone is messed up permanently by the water. \n\n\n\nFor more information about why this isn\u2019t a good idea you can check out the video below. \n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=M2th20AxFR0\n\n\n\n\nCan drones fly in the snow?\n\n\n\nNow that we know that you shouldn\u2019t use your drone when it is raining outside what about snow? Afterall, snow is a lot different\u2026 right? \n\n\n\nYou should actually not fly your drone in snow as the moisture from it can damage your drone just like flying it in rain would. \n\n\n\nYou can get away with flying your drone in snow more than in rain since the drone won\u2019t get as much moisture inside from snow as it will from rain however, flying it in the snow is not good for your drone long term and will likely cause problems in the future. \n\n\n\nIf you want to take your drone up one time in the snow to capture a spectacular picture or two that would likely be fine and not damage it permanently but if you fly your drone in the snow repeatedly it will eventually cause it to stop working. \n\n\n\nAre DJI drones waterproof?\n\n\n\nDJI drones are the most well known and popular drone manufacturers on the market today. When people think of drones they normally envision a DJI model as those are the most well known and iconic ones. \n\n\n\nBeing that DJI drones are the best of the best and the most expensive they are surely waterproof\u2026 or are there?\n\n\n\nDJI drones are actually neither waterproof or water resistant! Their drones are made well so they can withstand some abuse of flying them in conditions that they shouldn\u2019t be flown in but it will eventually cause them to stop functioning properly or working entirely. \n\n\n\nThere are a few different drones that are waterproof that you can currently buy but none of them are made by DJI. It is certainly conceivable that as waterproof technology advances DJI will eventually get a waterproof drone but as of now that hasn\u2019t happened. \n\n\n\nOne of the only drones that is currently available that is waterproof is the Swellpro Spry (found here) but its reviews and features are less than stellar and it is quite expensive as well. \n\n\n\nCan drones fly in bad weather?\n\n\n\nAs we have discussed earlier in this article you should avoid flying drones in rain or snow but what about other weather conditions that are deemed \u201cbad\u201d can you fly your drone in those conditions?\n\n\n\nDrones can fly in a variety of conditions as long as there is no moisture present but bad weather can often be more of a safety issue for the drone pilot than for the drone itself. \n\n\n\nAs long as it isn\u2019t raining then you can get away with flying your drone in virtually any weather but just because you can fly your drone doesn\u2019t mean that you should or that it is safe to do so. Flying your drone in a lightning storm might be fine for the drone but you could easily be injured or killed so you probably shouldn\u2019t do it. \n\n\n\nThe same holds true tornados or other approaching storm fronts. It might not currently be raining but if the storm is approaching where you are controlling the drone from you should bring your drone down and get to safety. \n\n\n\nCan drones fly in high winds?\n\n\n\nHigh winds is something that many people face all of the time in their area. Some places in the world (or even in the United States) have much stronger winds on a regular basis than other places do. If you live in a place that is known for its high winds or you simply find yourself facing a windy day and you want to fly your drone, knowing whether you can or should fly it is important. \n\n\n\nYou actually can fly drones in high winds but you have to be extremely careful. High winds could easily blow your drone into trees, buildings, etc. so if you are flying on a windy day you should only use your drone in open areas. \n\n\n\nEveryone also has a different definition of high winds so some people might think that 10-20MPH winds is high while other people don\u2019t call it high winds until it is gusting over 30-40MPH. Basically as long as you are careful with your drone and aren\u2019t flying close to anything then you can take it up in high winds (although it will be harder to control. \n\n\n\nWhat is the max wind speed to fly a drone?\n\n\n\nNow that we know that you can use your drone in high winds the next question you likely have is \u201chow high\u201d? Knowing how high of winds you can safely use your drone in will help you keep it safe from crashing or getting overpowered by the wind. \n\n\n\nMost drones can handle winds that are 2\/3rds of their max speed. So if you have a drone that has a max speed of 30MPH then that drone can handle winds of 20MPH. \n\n\n\nThat is just a general guideline however since if the wind is gusting from 10-30MPH it would still likely be safe to fly your drone since you could just not fly it into the wind when it is gusting at those higher speeds. \n\n\n\nIf you have ever seen a bird trying to fly into the wind and not going anywhere that is what your drone will look like if you fly it in winds that are too strong for it. It will be impossible for your drone to move and the batteries will quickly die as well leaving you with a drone that is running out of juice with no way to return to you. \n\n\n\nConclusion \n\n\n\nDrones can handle a wide variety of different weather conditions but the main thing that they don\u2019t handle well is moisture. If you aren\u2019t careful when flying your drone you can easily damage or destroy it by using it in rain or snow or flying too close to obstacles in high winds. \n\n\n\nTo keep your drone safe, only use it when there is no chance of precipitation and when winds are not expected to be higher than 2\/3rds the maximum speed that your drone has. \n\n\n\nAlways be sure to remember that drone batteries will drain much faster in bad weather so don\u2019t go too far in the air or away from the controller to help eliminate the risk of it crashing.