ra·​dio·​sonde | \ ˈrā-dē-ō-ˌsänd How to pronounce radiosonde (audio) \
plural radiosondes

Definition of radiosonde

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

Examples of radiosonde in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The radiosonde hit the ground multiple times, but somehow did not fail. Pedram Javaheri, CNN, 14 Jan. 2021 But fewer than 200 radiosondes are launched each day. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 For added difficulty, the global models of wind speeds and directions built by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its European equivalent, using disposable weather balloons carrying radiosondes, leave much room for error. Alex Davies, WIRED, 23 July 2019 Hunting radiosondes: This is a fascinating story of a weather balloon chaser across the pond. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 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,, 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of radiosonde

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Radiosonde.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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