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FSU announces weather balloon launch

Florida State University’s (FSU) meteorology department is asking local residents to be on the lookout for small payloads of scientific instruments that have been launched as part of a weather study program.

“Before each flight, we run a model to predict the flight track of the weather balloon. After ascending to 80,000 to 100,000 feet, the balloons burst and a parachute deploys. The instruments land softly with final descent speeds of about 10-15 miles per hour. We receive our data in real time via a transmitter on board the payload,” FSU officials said.

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