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We are in Oakland IA now waiting on the burst. A little bit of rain on the way but not too bad. This was my 5:30am lash-up for tracking while driving Image
This link will show the balloon and chase car at the same time @NWSOmaha!mt=roadmap&z…
Expecting the landing a few miles ESE of Atlantic, but will have to adjust based on how fast the sonde descends.
For a lash-up with the antenna pointing about 40 deg off the sonde, it's working well. Had almost 100% reception while driving.
Sonde is at 86,000 ft and backtracking towards Council Bluffs. It will resume going east after burst. Image
Just past 100,000 ft. Should burst in 5-10 minutes from now. Image
Burst at 115,400 ft. Good balloon today. Going to wait here in Oakland for a while. Image
77,000 ft. Falling a little faster than expected, may shift landing to S or SW of Atlantic.
60,000 ft. Making the turn to the east now. Current landing prediction about halfway between Oakland and Atlantic. Image
Had to move the antenna out of the car, too far off-axis Image
I just have to remember to put it back in the car before driving off
In a few minutes, I'll have to put the antenna back in and head east on US 6. Tweeting may be light until the landing.
30,000 ft Image
Believe we have a on-ground position. Heading out to look for it.
Found you! Image
Packed up and heading home Image
Returned to the @NWSOmaha launch site about 5 hours after it was released #NEwx Image
Flight and chase path today Image
At the end, the late predictions were putting it about 2 miles north of US 6. However, the winds in the lowest few thousand feet were stronger than expected, so we had to go south and back west a little. It passed over our heads at about 2500' AGL but we couldn't spot the chute Image
Here's the sounding from today's flight. You can find them at… - just navigate to the date/time and then click on the appropriate star. Image
The sonde was transmitting its location during the walk back to the car, but it didn't send them to the internet because it was an on-ground position report. Image
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