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Using 'Dropsondes' To Get Detailed Weather Information
2013-08-27 11:40:51

NASA We’re planning to fly over the vast Atlantic with our Global Hawk - once again looking at the dust and dry air from the Sahara. Takeoff on Saturday morning and landing on Sunday morning. We’ll fly from Wallops to a point near the Cape Verde Islands (just off of Africa) and back in about 25 hours. It took Columbus 5 weeks to sail from the Canary Islands to the New World! One of our key instruments is called the Airborne Vertical Atmospheric Profiling System or AVAPS.  Actually,...

Google’s Project Loon To Begin Testing In California
2013-08-20 17:25:47

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Sometimes ambitious ideas may seem crazy. Perhaps this is why Google X, the search giant’s R&D brand for special projects, offered up the name Project Loon for its way to provide 21st century high-speed broadband using what could be seen as late 18th/ early 19th century technology. The project, which was announced last month, would bring the information super highway to remote parts of the world using balloons. “Project...

New DRWP Replaces Old System Near Shuttle Landing Facility
2013-02-13 10:40:33

NASA As NASA moves forward next year to place instruments on the International Space Station to take ocean-surface wind speed and direction measurements, the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program office at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has plans of its own to upgrade decades-old wind measurement equipment near the center´s Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). The 50 megahertz Doppler Radar Wind Profiler (DRWP) Project team successfully completed a preliminary...

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2012-03-21 04:33:26

When people talk about a meteorologist cooking up a weather forecast, they may be more right than they realize, said one of the forecasters NASA counts on to predict conditions ahead of a launch. "I compare forecasting a lot to cooking, to be honest," said Joel Tumbiolo, a meteorologist with the Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron, the unit that handles forecasting for rockets launched at the Eastern Range on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. "In cooking, you have recipes that you...

2009-07-21 14:55:00

Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloon Tops Previous Record by Nearly 3,000 Feet COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released by the A. James Clark School of Engineering: WHAT: Officials have declared that a student team based at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, and including interns from other schools, has broken last year's record for amateur radio high altitude ballooning. The team's super-size helium-filled weather...

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2009-01-13 11:05:00

Mu researcher releasing weather balloons during winter storms in search of phenomenon The job of one University of Missouri researcher could chill to the bone, but his research could make weather predicting more accurate. Patrick Market, associate professor of atmospheric science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is chasing storms in the dead of winter in order to release weather balloons that will produce data about the little-known phenomenon of thundersnow. "One of...

2009-01-08 14:19:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the National Science Foundation have successfully launched and demonstrated a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that may enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. The super-pressure balloon ultimately will carry large scientific experiments to the brink of space for 100 days or more. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This seven-million-cubic-foot super-pressure balloon is the...

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2008-08-15 13:51:31

People do all kinds of crazy things in Hawaii, but flying balloons over a volcano usually isn't one of them. Unless you're Adam Durant, that is. Durant, an adjunct geological sciences faculty member at Michigan Technological University, and colleagues took meteorological balloons to the Kilauea volcano this summer to make the first on-location measurements of volcanic gases as they actually spew from the mouth of the volcano. The Kilauea volcano began erupting in March. Durant and Matt...

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2006-08-06 08:55:00

By Deborah Zabarenko BELTSVILLE, Maryland -- The weather outside was frightful: hot, humid and layered with a haze of pollution so thick it seemed it could be cut with a machete -- a perfect day to use balloons and a satellite to monitor some bad air. On the last full day of a monthlong heat wave, when most sensible people might prefer to be sitting in the shade with a cool drink, climate scientists were out in a sunny field, coordinating the launch of a weather balloon with a satellite...

2005-06-15 20:57:14

June 16, 2005 BOULDER"”By pairing a sleek new air sampler designed at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) with a diode laser from SpectraSensors, Inc., researchers have hit on a technology that can capture highly accurate atmospheric water vapor data during routine commercial flights. The data will benefit researchers and forecasters, who need more frequent, accurate measurements at various altitudes worldwide to improve weather forecasts and monitor climate...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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