Meteorologist Brian Miller has worked at the National Weather Service office in Brownsville for two decades. But today is not a normal day at the office.
“When we have a system like Barry that’s in the Gulf of Mexico, the information even as far away as Brownsville, Texas can be helpful for the models,” explains Miller.
Weather service officials across the southeastern U.S. are launching additional weather balloons, hoping to gather additional information ahead of Tropical Storm Barry.
“All along the gulf coast, the offices are doing these special releases. So instead of just twice a day, we’ll be doing it four times a day, every six hours.”
The weather information sampled from the highest levels of the atmosphere gets fed right back into the weather models. Vital information for tracking storms like Barry.
“The whole process is going to take about two hours for the balloon to ascend all the way up to 100,000 feet. And that’s kind of what we’re looking for.”
It’s a meticulous process that could change the environment we see for Barry one way or another.
Additional weather balloon launches are expected from many weather service offices through the weekend ahead of Barry’s landfall.