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[rey-win-sond] /ˈreɪ wɪnˌsɒnd/
a method of upper-atmosphere meteorological observation conducted by means of a radiosonde tracked by radar.
Compare raob, rawin.
Origin of rawinsonde
1945-50; ra(dar) + win(d) + (radio)sonde Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rawinsonde
  • When wind information is processed by tracking the balloon's movement the instrument package is termed a rawinsonde.
  • The standard rawinsonde observation serves as the major data source for the upper air program.
  • The hurricane center will relay the final instructions to rawinsonde stations so maximum use is being made of the special reports.
British Dictionary definitions for rawinsonde


a hydrogen balloon carrying meteorological instruments and a radar target, enabling the velocity of winds in the atmosphere to be measured
Word Origin
C20: blend of radar + wind + radiosonde
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rawinsonde in Science
A radiosonde used to observe the speed and direction of upper-air winds and tracked by a radio direction-finding instrument or radar.
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