Out and About

N.W.S. Launching a Weather Balloon

The National Weather Service (N.W.S.) launches two weather balloons each day, separated by 12 hours. I took these photos at 6 a.m. this morning. The next launch is presumably at 6 p.m. (these times are probably different if the time is C.S.T. rather than C.D.T.).

If you ever come across a weather balloon on the ground when you’re out walking, follow the instructions to send it back to the N.W.S., since they reuse some of the equipment. As this “kidscorner” article on the N.W.S.’s website states, “The balloon flights last for around 2 hours, can drift as far as 125 miles away, and rise up to over 100,000 ft. (about 20 miles) in the atmosphere!”

These photos were taken at the N.W.S. forecast office in the Twin Cities/Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Getting ready to bring out the weather balloon
Getting ready to bring out the weather balloon
Bringing out the balloon
Getting ready to launch the balloon
The balloon launches
The balloon quickly rises

By Nicholas

I post photos on NicholasScribner and articles on Jeers (both dot com).

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