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ECLIPSE 2024: National Eclipse Ballooning Project launching in 3 locations across New York this April

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OSWEGO, NY (WROC) — Over a period of 30 hours between April 7-8, 54 teams of students and researchers across the country will be launching a mix of weather balloons, and stratospheric balloons to document how the atmosphere changes and reacts to the passing total solar eclipse.

In New York, three of those teams will be spread along the path of totality. One at SUNY Brockport’s campus, led by the University of New Haven, another at Bellevue, led by students from UAlbany, and the third will be at SUNY Oswego. That team will be led by Dr. Katelyn Barber, an Assistant Professor of Meteorology at SUNY Oswego.

Dr. Barber’s team has already successfully deployed to New Mexico launching balloons during the 2023 Annular Eclipse last October as part of another grant they received for their work on the project. Work started for the students last August as a full semester course focused on not just training to collect the data but also being able to use it for their own research.

“August of 2023 we held a class for our team of students including formal lectures and lab periods and that’s when we got used to the equipment. What the procedure is, how to launch the weather balloon, and also how to analyze the data,” said Dr. Barber.

Even going beyond the research, students like Kaitlin Farrell have been out in force bringing the eclipse to students across the state.

“Middle schoolers to high schoolers. I’ve been coordinating events of us coming in and talking to the students about what’s happening. How this happens? Why we’re a part of this, like kind of the basis of what we do and about eclipses,” said Farrell.

54 teams will be launching balloons, collecting an enormous amount of data. Each is unique to their location. For Oswego, it might be one of the most unique being right next to Lake Ontario

“Our students in the course that they took last semester they came up with about 10 case study questions to answer,” said Dr. Barber. “[Such as] how the lake breeze is actually affected by the solar solar eclipse. How the wave height might change? Instability of the atmosphere? How might our thunderstorm development change during the total eclipse.”

“What’s going to happen from our location and then we can compare as a project as a whole with how the other 54 teams did throughout their locations with various elevations [and] various climates,” said Bradley Jacobs, a 4th-year Meteorology Major at SUNY Oswego.

​ OSWEGO, NY (WROC) — Over a period of 30 hours between April 7-8, 54 teams of students and researchers across the country will be launching a mix of weather balloons, and stratospheric balloons to document how the atmosphere changes and reacts to the passing total solar eclipse.

In New York, three of those teams will be spread along the path of totality. One at SUNY Brockport’s campus, led by the University of New Haven, another at Bellevue, led by students from UAlbany, and the third will be at SUNY Oswego. That team will be led by Dr. Katelyn Barber, an Assistant Professor of Meteorology at SUNY Oswego.

Dr. Barber’s team has already successfully deployed to New Mexico launching balloons during the 2023 Annular Eclipse last October as part of another grant they received for their work on the project. Work started for the students last August as a full semester course focused on not just training to collect the data but also being able to use it for their own research.

“August of 2023 we held a class for our team of students including formal lectures and lab periods and that’s when we got used to the equipment. What the procedure is, how to launch the weather balloon, and also how to analyze the data,” said Dr. Barber.

Even going beyond the research, students like Kaitlin Farrell have been out in force bringing the eclipse to students across the state.

“Middle schoolers to high schoolers. I’ve been coordinating events of us coming in and talking to the students about what’s happening. How this happens? Why we’re a part of this, like kind of the basis of what we do and about eclipses,” said Farrell.

54 teams will be launching balloons, collecting an enormous amount of data. Each is unique to their location. For Oswego, it might be one of the most unique being right next to Lake Ontario

“Our students in the course that they took last semester they came up with about 10 case study questions to answer,” said Dr. Barber. “[Such as] how the lake breeze is actually affected by the solar solar eclipse. How the wave height might change? Instability of the atmosphere? How might our thunderstorm development change during the total eclipse.”

“What’s going to happen from our location and then we can compare as a project as a whole with how the other 54 teams did throughout their locations with various elevations [and] various climates,” said Bradley Jacobs, a 4th-year Meteorology Major at SUNY Oswego. Read More Eclipse LocalRochesterFirst  

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