Balloon launch, lightning research

Balloon launch, lightning research

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Credit: PETER MENZEL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lightning research. Launch of a meteorological balloon destined to study a developing thunderstorm. The balloon carries a package of instruments to determine temperature, pressure and air velocity profiles in a storm. From studying the dynamics inside a storm system, researchers will get a better idea of the way lightning is produced, and will be able to improve lightning prediction. Photographed at Mount Baldy, New Mexico, USA.

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Keywords: atmosphere, balloon, climate, lightning, lightning research, weather research

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