30 Jan '16, 6pm

In remotest Alaska, this weatherman still releases weather balloons

In remotest Alaska, this weatherman still releases weather balloons

From personalized weather forecasting to high-tech climate modeling , it can be easy to assume that everything about modern weather forecasting and analysis is governed by satellites, computers and space age technology. Not so, however. Sometimes, weather forecasting still relies on good old human hard graft in some of the remotest locations on Earth. Take this profile by John Ryan over at Alaska Dispatch News, exploring the work of William Wells — a man the paper calls "the weatherman at the end of the world." You see, Wells lives out on St Paul Island, 300 miles off mainland Alaska, and 500 miles from Siberia. The island is home to around 400 people. Among Wells' daily duties is the manual launching of weather balloons — which are still used to collect data such as wind speed and relative humidity from the atmosphere. This data is then transmitted back to the National Oc...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/...

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