Why do you have so many kites?

| February 21, 2014 | Reply

There is a long history of the use of kites in meteorology. In the early days of meteorology, before airplanes and satellites, kites were frequently used to send weather observation equipment aloft. Measurements of temperature, humidity, and altitude were taken. Sometimes wind speed and wind direction were measured as well. At the Observatory kites were sent as much as three miles above the surface to gather data. After completing the observation the kites were reeled back in so that the data could be recovered. The use of kites was eventually supplanted by the use of weather balloons.

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