Weather Balloons Asia
Weather Monitoring Instruments and Systems
Upper Air Links
Balloon Technology Database – The Goddard Library
Balloons Sample the Weather – The Weather Doctor’s Weather Almanac
Ballooning and Meteorology in the Twentieth Century – U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission
Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility – NASA, Palestine, Texas
Examples of Launches of Instrumented Balloons in Storms – Thunderstorm Electrification and Lightning Experiment
Exploring the Atmosphere: Kites and Balloons – NOAA Photo Library
Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 3 – Rawinsonde and Pibal Observations – FCM-H3-1997
How to Read Hodographs – College of DuPage
Interpreting Upper Level Observation Symbols – University of Illinois
NASA Balloon Program Office – Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia
Radiosonde Measurement of the Weather – National Weather Service, Silver Spring, MD
Radiosonde Observations Factsheet – National Weather Service, Gray/Portland, Maine
Upper Air Sounding Details – Unisys Weather
www.pilotballoon.com – Martin Brenner, California State University Long Beach
“High in the Sky!”, that is the greek translation of the word meteoros which is the root word for the scientific study of the atmosphere otherwise known as Meteorology. The study focuses on weather processes and predictions which in this late century have been updated with the lastest scientific advancements. The fast development of the latest technologies have help further advanced the study to come up with highly accurate results.
Aside from computers, current meteoroligists are armed with equipments which will give back a more accurate results and data’s about termperature, air pressure, water vapor, interactions of each variable and how they vary in time.
A brief list and explaination of popular meteoroligical equipment are as follows:
Digital Anemometers-An anemometer is a device that is applied for quantifying wind speed, and is one tool employed in a Weather Sation. Anemometers can be separated into two classes: those that measure the wind’s speed, and those that assess the wind’s pressure; but as there is a particular connection between the pressure and the speed, an anemometer created for one will give data about both.
Radio Sondes-A radiosonde is a unit employed in weather balloons that valuates various atmospherics arguments and sends them to a fixed receiver. Radiosondes may function at a radio frequency of 403 MHz or 1680 MHz and both types may be changed slightly higher or lower as required.
Wind Sensors -Wind Sensors like Cup Anemometers are consisted of three or four hemispherical cups each mounted on one end of horizontal arms, which in turn were mounted at even angles to each other on a upright shaft. The air flow past the cups in any horizontal direction turned the cups in a manner that was proportional to the wind speed. Therefore, tallying the turns of the cups over a set time period developed the average wind speed for a wide range of speeds. On an anemometer with four cups it is easy to see that since the cups are arranged symmetrically on the end of the arms, the wind always has the hollow of one cup presented to it and is blowing on the back of the cup on the opposite end of the cross.
Weather and Meteo Stations -A weather station is a facility with instruments and equipment for understanding atmospheric conditions to offer data for weather forecasts and to study the weather and climate. The measurements taken include temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and wind precipitations amounts. Wind measurements are read as free of other obstructions as possible, while temperature and humidity measurements are kept free from direct solar radiation, or insolation. Manual observations are taken at least once daily, while automated observations are taken at least once an hour.
Wind Socks – A wind sock or wind cone is a conical cloth tube fashioned to indicate wind direction and relative wind speed. Wind socks typically are applied at airports and at chemical plants where there is risk of gaseous leakage. They are sometimes situated alongside at windy places. Wind direction is the opposite of the direction in which the windsock is targeting (note that wind directions are conventionally determined as being the compass point from which the wind originates; so a windsock targeting due north indicates a southerly wind). Wind velocity is indicated by the windsock’s angle relative to the mounting pole; in low winds, the windsock droops; in high winds it flies horizontally.
In Asia, these meteoroligical equipment have been readily available with companies reproducing finer quality equipments coupled with advanced technologies such as global positioning systems and highly effective radio frequency transmission of datas. Nowadays meteorological equipment produces more accurate results at a very affordable price.
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