|KSDK-TV St. Louis|
A few hundred miles to the southeast, we run into our bizarre story near Tallahassee, FL. Twice a day (at 00z and 12z), weather observing stations across the globe release weather balloons with radiosondes (weather instrument packages) attached to the balloon by a string. As the balloon ascends through the atmosphere, it expands until it eventually pops. Once it pops, a parachute in the radiosonde package opens and gently allows the instruments to descend to earth. Within the package is a postage-paid mailing bag so anyone who finds it can mail the package back to the NWS so it can be reused.
|Image from NWS Tallahassee showing the approximate path of this morning's weather balloon.|