Having your own weather balloon can give you an interesting hobby. There are many societies that offer amateur meteorologists the chance to get together and share their techniques and findings with each other. Follow these tips to buy a weather balloon.
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Decide on how high you want your weather balloon to go. Different areas of the atmosphere can reveal different types of information regarding weather. Decide on the types of information that you want to gather so that you will know how high you need your balloon to go.
Check your budget and decide how much money you want to spend on the weather balloon. You can buy kits that will help you construct your own weather balloon, or you can buy a balloon that is all together at the time of purchase.
Decide what kind of instruments you want the weather balloon to use. You can buy instruments that are extremely sensitive to all kinds of weather conditions, and you can buy instruments that give you basic information. Improvements in weather detecting technology are constant, so you have many options in the kind of instruments that you can get. You may wish to add a wind monitor to your weather balloon to measure the wind speed. A lightning monitor can check for lightning near your balloon. And a barometer can measure the chance of precipitation on your balloon.
Find a place that sells weather balloons. There might be stores in your area that you can talk to. There are also places online that you can consult. Try online auction sites where you might be able to find weather balloons at discounted sites. Remember to stay within the price range that you decided on so you won't overspend.
Purchase the weather balloon that meets your needs and your budget.
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