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IQ Weather Homeschool Extra: An Old Weather Forecasting Trick!

During the spring and summer months, as the air heats up, the chance for storms climbs. But how do you know if the air is hot enough to create thunderstorms? IQ Weather knows!

One tool that meteorologists use is the data that comes from weather balloons.  In fact, lesson number 23 in our weather course takes you on a field trip to a National Weather Service balloon launch so you can see where this information comes from!  We call the end product and upper air sounding!

Upper air soundings, give us a lot of information about the air overhead, including a variety of indices that we use to measure the risk for severe weather. The temperature and humidity profile is plotted on a graph called a Skew T.  Today, we are going to focus on two pieces of data that can, when tell you how hot the air must become for storms to develop, and whether or not that is likely.

The first bit of information on the sounding that we’ll focus on is called the MaxT, or forecast maximum...

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