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Interactive video lesson plan for: National Weather Service - Weather Balloon Launch

Activity overview:

This is a segment from the program "The Mayor's Hour" on City of Tampa Television (CTTV) from July, 2012. It highlights the tools that the National Weather Service uses to gather information on the weather. The segment was edited by Mark Flynn.

Tagged under: The Mayor' Hour,Mayor Bob Buckhorn,National Weather Service,Ruskin,Florida,Tyler Fleming,Meteorology,City Tampa Television,CTTV,storms,NWS,Mark Flynn,NOAA

6 questions

1. What is the purpose of weather balloons? (00:00:43)

2. Why is hydrogen used to inflate the balloons? (00:01:21)

3. What types of data might a weather balloon collect? (00:00:55)

4. Why does the balloon stop rising at about 25 miles into the atmosphere? (00:02:29)

5. Why does the balloon expand from 6' to 25' in diameter, and why would it explode at that point? (00:02:37)

6. What other weather data collection systems might feed information to the meteorologists you watch or listen to? (00:04:10)

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