Saturday, March 21, 2009


A friend of mine who lives in the lower valley brought this to me. It is a Radiosonde. It is a balloon borne weather instrumet. The balloon began its flight in Salem Oregon and ended up in the Lower Yakim Valley. That is a distance of about 160 miles. The weather bureau says these balloons can reach 35,000 feet. They deploy a parachute when the balloon bursts. This one took a bit of a beating. While this is not strictly an aircraft related is still an airborne item that crashed in Washington. I sent it off today in the package it came with. If you would like to learn more about radiosondes, please go here to the NOAA weather service site. I offer my thanks to Dale for allowing me the chance to photograph it and share it with my readers.