Virtual Weather Ballooning

You may not have capability to launch a weather balloon at your museum, but with UCAR’s Virtual Weather Balloon simulation, visitors and students can simulate how a weather balloon gathers data.

In this computer-based virtual lab, students will learn about the layers of Earth’s atmosphere by launching virtual balloons to collect temperature and pressure data at various altitudes. Given a limited number of balloon flights, students must plan carefully to gather data that generates a good “picture” of the atmosphere’s structure.

Try it out here!