Machine auto launches weather balloons twice daily from Hilo

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Steve Butler with the National Weather Service calls the airport control tower before releasing a weather balloon near the Hilo International Airport on Monday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A weather balloon is automatically released from a machine operated by the National Weather Service near the Hilo International Airport on Monday.

A new piece of equipment at the National Weather Service station in Hilo makes light work of high-altitude weather monitoring.