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From: Jake Crouch
Southeast Pacific, November 16, 2008

Night Launch

We must release weather balloons around the clock, even in the middle of the night, to examine the 24-hour cycle of the atmosphere. Sometimes, if we are lucky, the stratocumulus clouds break up and we can see our way by the moonlight.

Postcards from the Field: Climate Science from the Southeast Pacific

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