Definition of weather balloon in US English:

weather balloon


  • A balloon equipped with meteorological apparatus which is sent into the atmosphere to provide information about the weather.

    • ‘In addition to tracking birds, the radar was used on 113 occasions to track weather balloons in order to determine wind direction and speed at different altitudes.’
    • ‘Data are derived from an array of sources ranging from conventional thermometers, rain gauges, and weather balloons to state-of-the-art remote sensing devices located on satellites and on the ground.’
    • ‘The launch team had noted what NASA describes as ‘marginal’ wind conditions during the countdown, and wanted to double-check the data against information from a final weather balloon.’
    • ‘The air over Antarctica has warmed dramatically over the past 30 years, according to a new study of archived data collected by weather balloons floated over the icy continent.’
    • ‘In 1950, the best idea for peering into the unknown land was to use camera-carrying weather balloons that could reach above the ceiling of enemy jet fighters and ride the jet stream over the 6.6-million-square-mile Soviet Union.’
    • ‘The Port Elizabeth weather office said there wasn't a weather balloon in that area and no calls reporting UFOs had been received.’
    • ‘The glider is designed to be launched from a weather balloon.’
    • ‘The U.S. Army made the official announcement that the sighting and wreckage was a weather balloon.’
    • ‘The Oliviers lived out at Collondale in their youth and watched every day as a weather balloon was released from the airport.’
    • ‘The best available data, from weather satellites and weather balloons, do not detect any appreciable atmospheric warming.’
    • ‘But data from weather balloons and satellites don't match the projections.’
    • ‘On arriving there Peter and Chris got out of the vans and sent up a weather balloon to watch the wind direction.’
    • ‘Initially, the government tried to pass off the debris found at the crash site as a weather balloon bearing a radar target panel.’
    • ‘The meteors drift just like weather balloons so we can use a radar on the Earth and bounce radio waves off the meteors to find how fast they are moving and so measure the winds at the edge of space.’
    • ‘His neighbour Eric Gilbert also saw the object and suggested it could be a weather balloon.’
    • ‘From the ground, a large weather balloon at an altitude of 30 kilometers appears as a star (if you know where to look).’
    • ‘Another thing, Nancy, is that there's no one out there in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico to send up weather balloons.’
    • ‘In 1947, an object which crashed near Roswell in the USA was a weather balloon according to the US Army Air Force.’
    • ‘In the late 18th century, the first manned weather balloons were launched.’
    • ‘For the first time, scientists could accurately track weather balloons, and tell much about clouds and the direction that they travel in.’


weather balloon

/ˈweT͟Hər bəˈlo͞on//ˈwɛðər bəˈlun/