Arkansas BalloonSat Weather Constraints


*  LZ = Landing Zone

*  POL = Point of Launch

*  GW = Ground Weather at POL & LZ



Balloon Track Simulation:

LZ is outside of State  =  0% chance of launch

LZ is greater than 100 miles from POL = 25% chance of launch

LZ is between 75 & 100 miles from POL = 50% chance of launch

LZ is between 50 & 75 miles from POL = 75% chance of launch

LZ is less than 50 miles from POL = 99% chance of launch


Ground Weather at POL & LZ

GW is any precipitation = 0% chance of launch

GW is greater than 25 mph winds = 0% chance of launch

GW is between 20 & 25 mph winds = 25% chance of launch

GW is between 15 & 20 mph winds = 50% chance of launch

GW is bwtween 5 & 15 mph winds = 75% chance of launch

GW is less than 5 mph = 99% chance of launch

Severe Weather

Sever weather is defined as tornadic activity, thunderstorms, severe lightning storms, hail,
extreme freezing temperatures, flooding, or extreme heat where weather advisories have been
issued.  If the balloon track indicates ascent or descent through severe weather, launch is at
0%.  The criteria for launch under these conditions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.