Arkansas Helping to Predict Tropical Storm Issac's Path
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service office in North Little Rock will help support the forecast for Tropical Storm Isaac.
The office has begun launching four weather balloons per day, rather than the usual two. The first special launch occurred at midday Friday.
Officials say normal launch times are 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. central time. The added flights will be at midday and midnight.
Meteorologist John Robinson says the extra release will continue as long as the National Hurricane Center needs the data. The extra balloon releases are necessary because weather systems moving across the United States can often influence where a tropical system eventually makes landfall.
All the extra data will be fed into the computer models that aid the National Hurricane Center in predicting where Isaac will eventually go.