Today was sort of interesting. I noticed a orange object in one of our fields today and went to investigate. It turned out to be a National Weather Service Weather balloon. This is the first time we have ever found one of these on our land. Everything was still there including the burst balloon, the orange parachute, and then about 20 feet of rope with the Radiosonde attached to the end.
The Radiosonde includes a postage-paid bag to return it to the NWS. I did a little searching on the web and it said that only about 20% of the Radiosondes they send out are ever returned. I'm sure a lot of them end up in bodies of water and forests where no one will ever find them. I guess they refurbish them and use them again. It was kind of neat to be holding an object that had been around 17 miles high in the atmosphere. The website that I was looking at said that sometimes the balloons don't burst until they are over 100,000 feet.
Has anybody else ever found one of these?