NY weather balloon lands in Rhode Island


(WPRI) — Imagine starting your Wednesday morning with a parachute and a deflated balloon landing in your driveway.  

Burrillville, Rhode Island residents, Robert Guillemette and his wife Michele, were initially confused.

The crash was actually from a small instrument called a Radiosonde…it’s a device launched twice a day by the National Weather Service at designated locations across the country to record weather data from the ground up. One of those locations is Chatham Massachusetts on Cape Cod.

The balloon that hit Guilmette’s driveway came from Albany, New York. The balloon was launched at 7 a.m. and made it to northern Rhode Island by 9:45 a.m.

While not familiar with weather balloons before, Guilmette read up quite a bit on weather balloons over the past 24 hours and intends to return it.

While it’s not that common to have their balloons returned, the National Weather Service is more than happy to get them back.

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