Notice the crane turned to the north. This is before the frontal passage with winds still strong from the south.
The crane turned south after the frontal passage.
High Wind Release Reno
Here is the balloon release by our OPL (Observation Program Leader) from Friday, January 29th during a high wind event in Reno. Wind gusts were around 60 MPH. A couple of things to note. (1) The radiosonde did not hit the ground towards the end of the video. (2) More importantly, this data is directly fed into weather models that help to predict weather downstream, like for the midwest blizzard occurring right now.
Posted by US National Weather Service Reno Nevada on Tuesday, February 2, 2016