Austintown students launch weather balloon

Austintown weather ballon

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Some Austintown Middle School students are getting a closer look at the atmosphere that creates spring weather.

Thursday morning, students launched a weather balloon as part of a STEM class for 7th and 8th graders at the middle school. The students attached a GPS device and GoPro cameras, as well as a flight computer that collects data.

They will analyze that data as part of the class.

Weather balloons can reach 115,000 feet of altitude.

“It goes so high that you can see the curvature of the Earth, which is how the Earth curves in its atmosphere. You see that up there like you were in a space station. And we get videos from that. We can also see how it looks, if there are any good views from up there. We got some last year,” student Tyler Short said.

The weather balloon’s computer can collect data on temperature, pressure and humidity. The launch Thursday morning sent the balloon on an unusual path, with the wind pushing it to the northwest.

The weather balloon drifted more than 100 miles, landing in the woods just south of Johnstown, Pa. Some of the students in the class spent the day tracking it to retrieve the equipment.

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