National Weather Service launches special balloons

Weather Balloons help predict storms

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Meteorologists in Jacksonville are aiding in the effort in providing more detailed atmospheric conditions to computer models, in order to increase the accuracy of hurricane Matthew’s track.

Meteorologists have increased the number of weather balloons released from two to four in order to increase the amount of data available to forecasters.

Weather balloons are capable of sending back information on pressure, wind speeds and temperatures for several altitudes.

Data sent back via radiosondes is fed into models such as the Global Forecast Model, European and several others, which then help forecasters determine the future movement of hurricanes.

For more on the future track of Hurricane Matthew head to our weather blog: http://fcnews.tv/2drqx9G


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