RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) Without radiosonde that are launched with weather balloons recording pressure, temperature, dew point, wind direction, and wind speed. Forecasting weather would be much less of a science and more of a guessing game.
Meteorologist can look at the data collected by radiosondes and know what kind of weather the atmosphere is prime for. Whether that be a clear sunny day, snow, freezing rain, thunderstorms, hail, or even tornadoes.
The data recorded is processed into global weather models to help forecast.
Weather balloons are launched in 93 locations across North America twice every day at the same time. Starting at the bottom of the atmosphere all the way up to the highest levels.