SO COOL: Weather Balloon From an NWS Office Ends Up Close to Another NWS Office, 77 Miles Away
What are the odds? A weather balloon launched from the National Weather Service Office in Little Rock, Arkansas ends within spitting diatence the National Weather Service in Memphis, Tennessee.
According to a tweet from the National Weather Service Office in Memphis, the balloon was launched on January 13, but they just tweeted about the find, on Tuesday. In the picture, you can see the remnants of the popped balloon, a parachute and the weather instrument package — known as the radiosonde.
We matched the balloon to it's data! A Strong Westerly Jet aloft helped carry the balloon nearly 80 miles to us <1hr. pic.twitter.com/brj1JQZlwa
— NWS Memphis (@NWSMemphis) February 4, 2015
No word on if anyone at either office bought a lottery ticket, because the odd of this happening are pretty astronomical.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the balloon landed in a tree at the National Weather Service in Memphis. It didn’t. The Memphis NWS office put it in the tree, for the photograph. Don’t ask us why. We apologize for the error.