2006 NOAA SMART BALLOON EXPERIMENT
Houston, TX

August 25 - September 15

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Mission Overview

In late August and early September of 2006 a series of smart balloons capable of monitoring ozone concentrations will be released from the industrial region of Houston, Texas. The deployments are part of the 2006 Texas Air Quality Study (TexAQS), which includes participants from a large number of universities and Texas and Federal air quality programs. The smart balloons were developed at NOAA's ARLFRD, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii. Miniature ozone sensors were developed at the University of New Hampshire. Six smart balloons will be deployed from the La Porte airport in Houston over a three-week period as part of the larger experiment to observe ways in which ozone episodes (up to 200 ppb) evolve over the region. The goal of the smart balloons is to measure the ozone concentration and a number of other variables (T, P, RH, etc.) as they move with and track the flow. These Lagrangian balloon observations will help researchers better understand and model the complex interactions of the local sea-breeze circulation and the impact of Houston's urban heat island on the transport of ozone and its precursors.

Extended GFS Trajectory Forecasts for 9/7
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NAM Trajectory Forecasts for the Week of 8/27
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In Flight Balloon Forecasts
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