While Rachel from the office was outside this week she spotted an object on the high tide line. Upon closer examination we discovered it was a scientific tool used by Metservice for observing atmospheric conditions. Metservice launches these instruments into the air attached to a balloon and it relays data back to a ground station for Metservice Meteorologists to analyse.
Upon ringing the number on the back of the Radiosonde, I was sent a bunch of information about the particular Radiosonde that we had found.
- It was launched from Whenuapai airbase on August 8th at 10.50pm
- It’s flight lasted a total of 92 minutes and it reached a height of 27,014m
- On it’s flight, the coldest temperature it recorded was -57.7 celsius at 10,000m
- The strongest wind recorded was 89km/h at 14,500m
- It landed at 36°41’5.28”S 175°9’33.19”E which is North of Waiheke
Like we keep on saying, something is always happening at Akarana!