To Fly a Balloon in a Mass Ascension

In the 1970s, a small fraternity of daring balloonists used to make their Dawn Patrol ascents by launching in the pre-dawn hours. Balloon pilot Tom Gough, who then did pay rides for Fiesta founder Sid Cutter, was one of them. “Fiesta didn’t recognize us [Dawn Patrol] in those days.

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How Do We Get Information About the Weather?

Twice a day, every day of the year, weather technicians release about six-foot round weather balloons from 900 locations worldwide. An instrument called a radiosonde is attached to the balloon to measure pressure, temperature, and relative humidity as it climbs high up into the atmosphere.

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