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Operations of the Lincoln National Weather Service

Weather balloon inside inflation building  Weather balloon aloft

The data acquisition function is staffed by meteorologist interns, and hydrometeorological technicians. Their primary responsibilities are as follows:

  • Inflation and launch of the weather balloons at 5 AM and 5 PM CST (6 AM and 6 PM CDT), along with tracking and quality control of the weather data being transmitted.
  • Quality control and transmission of weather and river stage observations.
  • Operation and quality control of NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts.
  • Preparation of weather data and climate summaries.
  • Operations of the Cooperative Observer network.

There are two shifts a day, centered around the balloon launches and peak data transmission times. These shifts operate from 4 AM to noon, and from 4 PM to midnight. During times of severe weather, these shifts are extended, or extra personnel brought in to assist.


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