The National Weather Service uses all sorts of top-of-the-line instruments and computers to compile weather forecasts locally and nationally.
But there’s one long-lasting tradition that’s still used today – weather balloons!
On Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Blacksburg in conjunction with other National Weather Service Forecasting Offices launched two balloons daily to measure things like temperature, wind, humidity and pressure. At the standard 8 p.m. launch, the balloon gathered weather information successfully but the rare event of “balloon bursting” was captured on video, with the help of a telescope, which you can see above, courtesy of Late Night Astronomy!
Typically, a weather balloon will burst at a height of nearly 100,000 feet.