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Science Nation: Dropsondes--Work Horses in Hurricane Forecasting

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Inside a cylinder that is about the size of a roll of paper towels lives a circuit board filled with sensors. It's called a dropsonde, or “sonde” for short. As the sonde falls through the air after being dropped for an airplane, its sensors gather data about the atmosphere. Dropsondes have a huge impact on understanding hurricanes and the ability to predict hurricanes. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

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Runtime: 3 minutes

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