Monday, May 11, 2009

Test Launch Sounding ( Posted by David Stark)

The weather balloon in the team picture in the post below was launched a few minutes after the picture was taken. Below is the sounding plot that was generated. This sounding would be a typical near storm/forward flank sounding which is typically up to 8km.

For reference to those who are not aware... The red dots represent temperature, blue dots represent dew-point, and the blue flags on the right are wind barbs showing wind direction. Wind barbs point in the direction "from" which the wind is blowing. Each short barb represents 5 knots, each long barb 10 knots and pennants represent 50 knots. Pressure is plotted in millibars(red horizontal lines) and temperature is plotted in Celsius ( diagonal blue lines).

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