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WindBorne Weather Balloon Reaches New Heights in Atmospheric Measurement Capability

Kristina Kiest 0 370

The Observations Program at the Weather Program Office has partnered with WindBorne Systems, Inc. to fund the development of an advanced weather balloon. This technology offers a low cost platform enabling collection of surface to stratosphere weather data in lesser-sampled regions. With an average flight time of 7 days and a maximum flight time of 16, the balloons are capable of flying significantly longer than traditional radiosondes. Their dynamic altitude control further allows them to be directed in real-time to change altitude for vertical profiling of the atmosphere. This capability allows sampling of high-impact regions for forecasts, such as the planetary boundary layer, as well as high altitude sampling about the tropopause. 

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