Thursday February 1, 2024

CBS News

It may sound a little simplistic, maybe even inflated, but Jeri Wilcox and Ross Beaudette are taking meteorology to new heights.

For days, they’ve been coming to this little hilltop near Bodega Bay to release huge silicon balloons from the same spot every three hours. 

Field researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Wilcox and Beaudette are storm chasers who investigate a weather phenomenon called atmospheric rivers.

“When we send [the weather balloons] up we’re able to gather a lot of information about what’s really going on in the atmosphere during these atmospheric rivers,” Wilcox said. 

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