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10 March 2010

Raob (Weather Balloon) Launch from Station 89007

I’ve seen quite a few Raob launches over the years. RAOB stands for Rawinsonde Observation. You can think of them as weather balloons. They are vital for making forecasts. We live in an atmosphere over 100 km thick, but most weather happens in the troposphere, the bottom 15 km or so. To forecast weather knowing only what is happening at the ground would be like guessing the outcome of a …


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