Local National Weather Service office launching balloons to track, forecast Hurricane Irma

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Local National Weather Service office launching balloons to track, forecast Hurricane Irma

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

The National Weather Service office Wilmington, Ohio began launching special weather balloons this week in support of Hurricane Irma  tracking and forecasting.

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It’s one of many NWS offices in the region conducting flights every 6 hours until further notice. The special balloons will help meteorologists better sample upper-level patterns to help create more consistent and accurate model forecasts, according to Brian Haines of the Wilmington NWS office.

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