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.