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What is it like to win the jackpot in a meteorological roulette game? It is having a radiosonde float into your yard after flying miles high in the atmosphere and being lauched many miles away. David Stroble of Mt. Vernon found a parachute, a shredded balloon, and a radiosonde (they call it a microsonde) in his backyard on October 15th. You can see the proof in pictures below:
This radiosonde started at Quillayute on the WA coast around 3 AM on October 14th (it was the 12 GMT radiosonde). As shown on this map, the route covered about 180 miles:
And here is a plot of the observations from the unit....check out the winds...they are consistent with the route--very strong from the westsouthwest aloft.
So keep a good luck out for used radiosondes...I am told that finding one is more lucky than finding a four-leaf clover.
Holiday Gift News for Weather Lovers
Need a perfect holiday gift for the weather inclined? Sure, you could get my Northwest weather book, but I have an even better idea--a Washington weather calendar! This is a fund-raiser for the Seattle Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and all the profits support this good cause (KCPQ is a sponsor that is not getting any of the proceeds). Cost: $13.99.
Lots of nice pictures and packed with weather info. To order try your local bookstore or calendar shops (including the UW Bookstore) or secure it online at http://weather-calendar.com/washington/