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Research plane 'Miss Piggy' explores an atmospheric river

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As part of an unprecedented scientific effort to sample and measure an atmospheric river as it made landfall in Northern California, the crew of a NOAA research plane released dropsondes that measured temperature, atmospheric pressure, winds and humidity as they parachuted 8,000 feet to the sea.

Deploying dropsondes to measure storm data

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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