A weather balloon is an interesting hobby that will give you the opportunity to delve deeper into the complex patterns that make up the weather. There are also plenty of hobby groups and meteorological societies that you can join to discuss the various ways of improving your weather balloon findings. Before purchasing your weather balloon, here are some pointers that you need to know.
- Height. The height of the balloon will greatly determine the types of weather analysis that you can undertake. Different weather balloons can reach different heights. In general, you should go for medium sized weather balloons that will be able to scope just enough of the atmosphere for an amateur to analyze. As you learn more about meteorology and as you improve your techniques, you can begin considering other more complex weather balloons that have greater height capacities and which can offer more insights into the weather.
- Budget. Always prepare a budget for your weather balloon. A basic weather balloon can cost a few hundred dollars, while a complex weather balloon can cost you as much as over a thousand dollars. Be sure that you set out a specific budget, and tailor the list of weather balloons that you like according to your budget. You can also ask friends and fellow meteorology enthusiasts about shops and manufacturers that can provide weather balloons at discounted prices. There are also used weather balloons from experienced hobbyists that you can purchase, especially if the enthusiast has already purchased a new and larger weather balloon.
- Training. You will need sufficient training before you are able to use your weather balloon. Apart from learning how to fill the balloon with hot air to get the device to float, you will also need to know how to navigate, repair, maintain, and make the most out of the weather balloon. If you are planning on purchasing a weather balloon kit, it is best for you to construct the weather balloon with someone who has already created a weather balloon in the past. Also, purchasing a weather balloon is also a good time to join a meteorological society, if you are still not a member. These people will provide you with the tips you need to make accurate weather observations.
- Instruments. There are plenty of instruments that you can fit into the weather balloon. These should also be part of your budget, since these instruments are usually purchased separately. The basic instruments that are present in a weather balloon will usually not give the precise measurements that are needed for in-depth weather analysis. The usual meteorological instruments that can be added to a weather balloon are the barometers, the wind monitors, lightning monitors, and ion monitors. Make sure that you also know how to install these into the weather balloon, as well as how to install these sensitive instruments.
Of the many hobbies that you can engage in, studying the weather is not only a fun but also one of the most educational ventures that you can try out.