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Upper Air Observations


Raw Upper Air Sounding Data
RAW data for all US Soundings

Decoded Upper Level Winds

Plotted Upper Air Soundings

GOES Derived Atmospheric Vertical Soundings

Alternate Sources for Upper Air Soundings
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Precipitable Water Plots from Upper Air Soundings Can be Found Here

California Wind Profiler Data Can be Found Here

Information About the Upper Air Program Can be Found Here

Why Do Forecasters Still Rely on Weather Balloons?

Twice every day, from nearly 100 locations in the United States, the National Weather Service launches weather balloons, carrying instrument packages called radiosondes. Radiosonde sensors measure upper-air conditions such as atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction. The data is important for aviation safety, and meteorologists use radiosonde information to prepare weather forecasts. Details...

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