The U.S. military is currently examining a lot of what a defense assistant secretary has referred to as “low speed clutter” in the country’s skies due to balloon concerns.
The National Weather Service claims to deploy roughly 184 balloons daily across the nation and to always keep aviation authorities informed of their locations.
Weather analysts can predict future trends and storms thanks to these balloons. Some even provide researchers with pollution measurements. The National Weather Service tracks each balloon using a GPS and notifies the Federal Aviation Administration prior to each launch, many of which take place at airports, to ensure that their balloons aren’t misconstrued for clutter.
Balloons have been used to gather environmental data since the 1700s, according to Susan Buchanan, a spokesman for the National Weather Service. “Our balloons offer useful atmospheric information that is utilized to create weather forecasts.”
According to Buchanan, all National Weather Service balloons have been located so far.