Story: Weather forecasting

Weather balloons

Weather balloons

Released three times a day from eight places around New Zealand, weather balloons are tracked by radar to show wind speed and direction in different levels of the atmosphere. At some of these locations, the balloons carry a box of instruments called a radiosonde, which measures temperature, pressure and humidity, and transmits the measurements back to earth.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1998/0278/2A

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Erick Brenstrum, 'Weather forecasting - Recording information', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7580/weather-balloons (accessed 28 February 2020)

Story by Erick Brenstrum, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 2 Jun 2016