Update: A ham radio operator was able to locate the weather balloon

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A ham radio operator was able to locate it at a house on White Chapel . 

Another great reason to get involved in ham radio! 

Rockford Area Ham Radio Page

NWS is saying a weather balloon has landed in Rockford. 

 What many people do not realize, is that the NWS launches weather balloons on a daily basis. A lot of times they will fly over or into Winnebago County. 

If you ever get to see one, it is quite the sight to see. 

You can actually track weather balloons and legally recover them. 

A simple search online will teach you how. 

Weather balloons play a vital role in forecasting the weather. 

At times, some will land in Winnebago County. 

Just like today, the NWS is saying that it landed in the area below. 

The graphic is from WREX. 

If you live in this area, and see a balloon or a white box. It is perfectly legal and OK to touch and recover.

As the label says, it is harmless. 

Radiosonde found in Dwight, IL Courtesy: Matt Boucher


Credit/Sources: WREX and sources

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