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High-Altitude Balloon Launch!

Saturday, March 30th, 2013 10:35pm EST

MintHillWeather.com neighbor Dave Walton (KK4PFI) launched a high-altitude balloon today at 9:20am on March 30, 2013.

Congratulations on a beautiful launch and recovery!

The Walton experiment ascended to an altitude of nearly 100,000 ft and traveled east-southeast down range ~99 miles. After the balloon burst, the payload parachuted back to Earth touching down on a farm 2 hours and 27 minutes after launch (11:47am).

The experiment was tracked via the amateur radio APRS network, ham radio’s forerunner to the Internet. The payload transmitted a data burst once per minute to provide its GPS-based location and altitude.

Video:  Part 1 (launch @ 09:22) ~ Part 2 (chips explode @ 01:00) ~ Part 3 ~ Part 4 ~ Part 5 (balloon bursts @ 00:27)


The balloon overflew our neighborhood and headed southeast close to the South Carolina state line.


Payload recovered!


…down on a farm!

Rain Collector Heater Installed

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 4:43pm EST

We installed the rain collector heater today. This device warms the surface of the rain collector to measure freezing rain or the moisture content of snowfall. It felt a bit strange to do this on an unseasonably warm 68F December afternoon!

New Weather Computer

Friday, November 9th, 2012 7:00am EST

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Today we successfully transitioned the computer-controlled “backend” of the MintHillWeather.com weather station to a dedicated system. This new, custom-built computer runs 24/7 with the sole purpose of downloading weather telemetry and imaging from our field equipment and uploading the latest, up-to-the-minute information to our website at MintHillWeather.com.  This new hardware, operating with emergency backup power, will insure our visitors receive the most reliable service and our weather station operates optimally regardless of inclement weather.

Weather Mast Now Extended to 34′

Sunday, September 9th, 2012 12:00pm EST

The weather station’s mast is now operating at its full height of 34′!

Weather Station Launched

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 12:00pm EST

The Mint Hill Weather station was established today, July 11, 2012!

Live Sky Cam Launched!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 12:00pm EST

The Live Sky Cam was setup today, June 28, 2012!