Weather Balloon Tracking
Name: Rev. Marchant
From time to time in my research of unusual aerial phenomena I have a need to check
for weather balloon activity in Georgia and to access information about release
dates & tracks of these research balloons for several years.
I basically am looking for a web-site with an archive of such information.
Can you help.? Any info you can provide will be a help.
Unfortunately, I don't know of such a site. Weather balloons are mostly
launched by the National Weather Service (NWS), so I would start by
contacting your local NWS office to see if they can provide you with
some information. Launches are performed either twice or four times
a day, depending on the NWS site. The military may also perform
launches from Air Force bases, in particular. Short term meteorological
or climatological experiments (like we have often performed)
and some climatological monitoring sites such as the Atmospheric
Radiation Measurement Facilities (Oklahoma, Alaska, western Pacific),
also do so, but those are not recorded except in databases that are not
easily accessible to the public.
David R. Cook
Climate Research Section
Environmental Science Division
Argonne National Laboratory
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