Meteorological Instruments



Our balloon made it to 37 mb! You may download the sounding data and auxiliary files here.

The *TSPOTINT.txt file contains the complete raw sounding data (but have a look at the other files too!). The columns are labeled with units. Open the KML file in Google Earth to see the balloon's trajectory. It almost made it to Charlotte and did so faster than we could drive there! We didn't track it after it popped.

To draw your plots on a Stüve diagram, you may use my Excel template. You could also draw a skew T–log p diagram using other available software (e.g., NSHARP, SHARPpy, MetPy, etc.) if you are comfortable using other plotting tools. We drew skew T–log p diagrams using Jupyter notebooks in ATMS 203.

If you would like to see how not to launch a balloon, check out this video of the balloon getting eaten by a tree.

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