North Platte launches weather balloon to help Irma forecast

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. The National Weather Service in North Platte is just one of many across the country helping collect data for Hurricane Irma.

The hurricane is being described as one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic.

The office released a special weather balloon Tuesday to get a better idea of its path.

The sight is just one of several in the midwest that will be releasing balloon six times a day, instead of the standard twice a day.

The balloon is equipped with GPS to get a better idea of the hurricane's path.

It will plot the humidity, wind pattern, pressure and temperature from more than 100,000 feet up in the air.

"It's a great way to not only help out and provide the information that we can do to make those computer models better, but also to know that we are involved as one national weather service to ultimately help protect the public," said John Stoppkotte with the National Weather Service in North Platte.

The office started releasing balloons on Monday.