ra·​dio·​sonde | \ ˈrā-dē-ō-ˌsänd \

Definition of radiosonde

: a miniature radio transmitter that is carried aloft (as by an unmanned balloon) with instruments for sensing and broadcasting atmospheric conditions

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Hunting radiosondes: This is a fascinating story of a weather balloon chaser across the pond. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "Snow and rain tonight into Wednesday morning with some slushy accumulation," 6 Mar. 2018 Some balloons will carry radiosondes, small weather stations that gather data about pressure, temperature and humidity, which can give more clues to an eclipse's effects on the atmosphere. Shauna Steigerwald,, "There is no planet Vulcan, and other things we've learned from eclipses," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of radiosonde

1932, in the meaning defined above

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