Re: O.T.Atmospheric Satellite (Research Balloon)

From: k4hsm@knology.net
Date: Fri Oct 12 2007 - 16:50:39 EDT

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    Hi Thomas:
    
    I posted to a couple of High-Alt balloon groups I'm a member of, and the consensus is an NWS balloon was the most likely object you observed.
    
    Probably from the El Paso NWS.  
    
    Another possibility is that it might have been from White Sands, NM, but unlikely.
    
    The Columbia Near-Space group only launches in July timeframe and since winds tends to carry them east, you might not see them anyway.
    
    Hope this helps.
    
    
     On Fri Oct 12  0:40 , "John A. Dormer 2"  sent:
    
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    >Thomas Dorman wrote:
    >> I had an interesting observation right at around
    >> sunset this evening around 00:40UT 10/12/2007 of a
    >> atmospheric satellite (research balloon).
    >
    >What a treat! You probably saw the 1900 CDT sounding balloon from El
    >Paso, Texas. Here is a map which shows the active stations in the U.S.:
    >
    >	http://weather.unisys.com/upper_air/skew/index.html
    >
    >There's an excellent tutorial on how to read these SKEW-T diagrams here:
    >
    >	http://www.meted.ucar.edu/resource_modlist.php
    >
    >Look for "SKEW-T Mastery." I've been through the course once, and I use
    >the knowledge a few times a week. I have also poked at some of the
    >mesoscale meteorology topics.
    >
    >	http://www.meted.ucar.edu/mesoprim/skewt/
    >
    >The courses are free. I wish all online instruction was done as well.
    >
    >And since the atmosphere has profound effects on our ability to engage
    >in our hobby, and that there are a number of entries for satellite-based
    >meteorology among the courses, I hope Mr. Molczan will accept this as
    >being on-topic again. :)
    >
    >	John
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