This list, arranged by date, contains citations to articles, mostly popular press, that describe or depict radiosondes (or their predecessors, meteorographs and radiometeorographs). The titles link to either a photo of the article, or part of the article, or an illustration.

DateMagazine TitleArticle Title, AuthorPage #Comments
1880Annual Report of The Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution For The Year Ending 1879"A Universal Meteorograph Designed for Detached Observatories" E.H. von Baumhauer, translated from the French by Clarence B. Young519Proposes a balloon-borne recording meteorograph to "float freely in the atmosphere" and be returned by a finder.
1905 JuneThe Century Magazine“Our Heralds of Storm and Flood” Gilbert H. Grosvenor167,168Clipped article contains description of balloon-borne meteorographs and charming illustration by Jay Hambridge.
1905 March 25The Illustrated London News“Weather Prophets: Ingenious Meteorological Instruments"429Meteorograph in wicker cage for aerial (kite) carriage, records temperature, pressure, humidity on smoked paper.
1906Yearbook of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture“New Problems of the Weather” Willis L. Moore, W. J. Humphreys, and O. L. Fassig121Clip of article on Mount Weather Research Station with photos of kite and balloon meteorographs.
1907 Scientific American “The International Kite Ascensions” S. P. Fergusson 97-98 Mentions “successful introduction of the Ballon-sonde (or unmanned balloon carrying registering instruments only) in 1892 and shows Sterling Fergusson with a Jules Richard Meteorograph.
1907 MarchThe Scottish Geographical Magazine“Meteorological Researches in the High Atmosphere” H.S.H. The Prince of Monaco111Text and photos describing balloon-meteorograph—"ballons-sondes"—launch and recovery, including a two-balloon recovery on the ocean.
1909 November 27Scientific American“Sounding the Ocean of Air Above Us. Atmospheric Exploration”392Comments on double-balloons and parachutes for meteorograph descent, history of "ballons-sondes" launches, discovery of the tropopause ("isothermal stratum") and stratosphere.
1910 December 10 & 12The Dartmouth"Excellent Talk by Professor Rotch"1,1Head of Blue Hills Observatory talks of "small balloons carrying automatic recorders" as part of talk titled "The Conquest of the Air."
1910 October 22Scientific American"The Atmospheric Ocean" Prof. H. Lawrence Rotch 324Text and Photos on sounding ballon meteorographs by director of the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory
1916 July 1The Mentor“The Weather” 6Photo of first ascent of a meteorograph on a sounding balloon circa 1904.
1917 Scientific American “Meteorology at War” xxxx Notes use of pilot balloons to chart “upper air-currents” for “military aeronauts” and mentions “the investigation of the upper air.”
1925 DecemberScientific American“Exploring the Upper Air”418Photocopy of article with photos about balloon meteorographs.
1927The Children's News"Weather Balloon"?Captioned photo of tethered-balloon-borne meteorograph going aloft at Kew, London, England
1931 MayTransactions of the Royal Society of Canada“A Visual Signaling Meteorograph” J. Patterson115Clipped article with diagrams.
1932 JanuaryShort Wave Craft (Hugo Gersnback, ed.)“How High Is That Balloon?” Capt. J. A. Code, Jr.248Short-wave transmitter tracks weather balloon height, with photos.
1932 JulyShort Wave Craft (Hugo Gernsback, ed.)“Balloon Radioes Weather by Short Waves” Rene Leonhardt136Nicely illustrated brief article.
1934 AugustThe Farmer’s Wife“Will We Get Rain?” Carroll P. Streeter6Photo of early radiometeorograph.
1936 January 1Les Ailes"Les Ballons Radio-Sondes"4Article with photos and stratosphere/tropopause diagram, subtitled "A Beautiful French Invention"
1937 AugustPopular Aviation“The Radio-Meteorograph Broadcasts its Readings” S. R. Winters24Article with photos and schematic of Bureau of Standards radio-meteorograph.
1937 January 18Life“A Radiometeorograph Goes Up 20 Miles”41Article with photos about the radiometeorograph.
1937 JuneShort Wave and Television (Hugo Gernsback, ed.)“Short waves + Balloons = Weather News”71Article with photos.
1938 January-March The Signal Corps Bulletin “The Galcit Radio-Meteorograph” Capt. O. C. Maier 38-39 Describes a new model of radio-meteorograph weighing “430 grams and is carried aloft by a 4-foot balloon. . . . vertical range 76,000 feet before batteries freeze.”
1938 January-March The Signal Corps Bulletin “Radio-Meteorograph Station W1XFW” Dr. C. F. Brooks 40-48 Excellent illustrated history of Harvard’s radio-meteorograph development efforts by Director of the Blue Hill Observatory.
1939 February 18Science News LetterUpper Air Data Will Aid in Forecasting the Weather" Comdr. Francis W. Reichelderfer103Discusses the "radio-sonde" the "newest method" of upper-air soundings. Notes 6 Weather Bureau, 2 Army, and 2 Navy radiosonde stations.
1940Calendar, De Laval Cream Separators“The Radiometeorograph”Sept-OctSidebar.
1940 AprilFortune“The Weather”58Illustrated article on the relationship of weather to business.
1940 March 23The Illustrated London News“Radio-Balloons to Provide Secret Weather Data for the Allies”379Well photographed article of British Air Ministry B. 20 radiosonde and launch.
1940 OctoberThe Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society“An Improved Radiosonde and its Performance” Harry Diamond; W. S. Hinman, Jr.; F. W. Dunmore; and E. G. Lapham325Discussion of the Diamond-Hinman Navy radiosonde.

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1941Journal of the Franklin Institute"The Radiosonde: the Stratosphere Laboratory" E. T. Clarke and S. A. Korff217Discusses technical aspects of radiosondes, pros and cons of three common systems, and non-meteorological applications.
1941 (?)Heft 14 (?)“Radiosonden melden die Wetterlage aus 20 km Hohe” Von Dr. G. Loeser212Clip from WWII German magazine, with photos.
1941 Januaryla Science et la Vie“Quand la Radio Explore la Tres Haute Atmosphers: Radiosondes et Echos Radioelectriques” Louis Houllevigue13Long article in French with photos. Two Copies
1941 September & OctoberJournal of the Franklin Institute“The Radiosonde: The Stratosphere Laboratory” E. T. Clarke and S. A. KorffContemporary reprint of two companion articles with photos, diagrams, and schematics, extensive bibliography.
1942 JulyRadio-Craft (Hugo Gernsback, ed.)“Art of Radiometeorography”699Notice of Diamond and Hinman patent.
1942 NovemberWorld Week“Radiosonde Going Up!”CoverAlso an article “The Science of Weather” describing radiosondes on p. 18.
1942 October Radio News“The Radio Sonde” Willard Moody 36Description of the Diamond-Hinman (Bureau of Standards) Navy radiosonde.
1942 October 16Current Aviation“Clouds, Moisture, and the Upper Air”36Article with radiosonde photos.
1943Capt. Ben Dix (Bendix comic book)“Capt. Ben Dix in Action with the Invisible Crew”22Large-format, colorful depiction of the Ray Sonde [sic] in action. (2)
1943 JanuaryElectronics“Radio Sounding in the United States” C. B. Pear, Jr.Radio sounding overview article with photos, maps, and diagrams.
1943 MayElectrical World “Linemen Cautioned About Disengaging Radiosondes”62Relates details of a fatality caused by a radiosonde entangled in power lines.
1943 May Air Tech “The Raysonde” Alfred H. Sinks 26-27, 68 Details of the “balloon-borne spy” with photos and circuit diagram
1943 AugustElectronic Industries“Tubes in Meteorology” G. Sonbergh62Color cover shot of radiosonde launch, couple of photos, little text about radiosondes.
1943 AugustFrieze Weathervane NewsEleven Year Old Gives Prized Tresses to War Effort4On blonde hairs being preferred for Raysonde hair hygrometers
1943 September 13Life“Meteorology”102Article with photos about radiosondes.
1944?Capt. Ben Dix (Bendix comic book)“Secrets of the Invisible Crew”207Standard comic format, description of Raysonde and recorder.
1944 AprilRadio-Craft (Hugo Gernsback, ed.)“Raysonde—Sky Radio” Vernon D. Hauck396Article with photos and schematic of Freize Raysonde.
1944 FebruaryRadio News“Radiosonde”207Article with photos (notes advantage of blonde hairs in hygrometers).
1944 July 1Aero Digest“New Radiosonde Hygrometer”102Article on Raysonde’s replacement for the human hair hygrometer.
1944 June 10The State (North Carolina)“They Give the News About Weather”1Article about Army Air Forces Weather Wing with photo of WAC tracking radiosonde.
1944 May 8-12Current Aviation“Raysonde: Electronic Weather Eye”256Article with photos and schematic on Bendix/Frieze Raysonde.
1946 FebruaryPopular Mechanics Magazine“Science Pins Down the Weather” Andrew J. Hamilton40Article with photos.
1946 January Boy’s Own Paper  “Forecasting the Weather” R. M. Lester 24 Photograph and functional description of radiosondes
1946 MayElectronics“Radiosonde Telemetering System”Hauck, Cosby, Dember120Article with photos.
1946 NovemberProceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers and Waves and Electrons“Ultra-High Frequency Radio Direction Finding” Luke Chia-Liu Yuan852Direction finder operating at 183 megacycles for observing meteorological balloon flights.
1947Al-Mussawar“King Farouk of Egypt and Radiosonde”?Photo spread of King Farouk with balloon, radiosonde, and recorder.
1947 Nature Magazine “What Is New in Meteorology?” Edna Hoffman Evans 470-472, 498Describes WWII addition of radar tracking capability for radiosondes to create rawinsondes.
1948 AprilWeatherThe Applications of Radiosondes to Meteorology" O. M. Ashford103Discussion of accuracy of radiosondes and improvements in design.
1948 AugustJournal of Meteorology“Controlled-Altitude Free Balloons” Athelstan F. Spilhaus, C. S. Schneider, and C. B. Moore130With photos, sketches, and graphs of proposed methods.
1948 FebruaryJournal of Meteorology“Meteorological Radio Direction Finding for Measurement of Upper Winds ” Robert A. Kirkman & John M. Lebedda28With photos and block diagrams of various radar systems.
1948 MayPopular Science"New Balloons Explore Roof of the Airways"98Photos and discussion of high-altitude balloon research and radiosondes
1949 AugustScience and Mechanics“Fan Radiosonde”73Short piece on radiosonde with paper fan from India.
1949 OctoberJournal of Meteorology“A New Code Transmitting Radiosonde” H. D. Brailsford360Photos and diagrams of a Morse Code “Codesonde” device.
1950 The Aeroplane “Exploring the Upper Air”187 Describes a new Navy balloon developed by General Mills Aeronautical Research Laboratories for very-high-altitude meteorological observations.
1951 The Polar Record Vol. 6 No. 42 “German Meteorological Activities in the Arctic, 1940-45" J. D. M. Blyth185-226 Forty-one-page article notes logistical difficulties of “radio-sonde” observations.
1951 April“Electronics”“Cosmic-Ray Radiosondes and Telemetering System,” Martin A. Pomerantz88Photographs and schematics of cosmic-ray exploration project.
1951 December Scientific American “Weather Instruments” David I. Blumenstock 64-70 Summary history of instruments used to measure temperature, pressure, humidity, and air movement—selected pages.
1951 JanuaryNation’s BusinessCoverCoverNice Robert Riggs painting of a USWB pilot balloon launch. Description on p. 8.
1952 January 13-15Chicago Tribune"Smilin' Jack" Zack Mosley?A radiosonde saves the day for Jack and Kameeleon. See also 1972 entry below.
1954 June Scientific American“Hurricanes” R. H. Simpson32Color cover shot of radiosonde, brief description of radiosondes on p. 24.
1956 SummerThe [London] Times, Science Review“Weather Balloon Ascents” R.C. Sutcliffe5Survey of weather balloon usage including U.S. "Skyhooks."
1958 August & July The Royal Society “UK Antarctic Report for the International Geophysical Year” (excerpts) 4, 7; 4, 6, 10 Report, with photos of Brewer ozonesonde experiments.
1959 NovemberJournal of Geophysical Research “ Application of Meteorological Rocket Systems,” Willis L. Webb and Kenneth R. Jenkins 1855Examines issues associated with the use of rockets to obtain real-time meteorological data at altitudes from the surface to 200,000 feet.
1963 September 20Rocketeer, NOTS, China Lake"Ozone Device In Record Balloon Hop — 142,000 Ft." Fred Richards1Article on development of a rocket-borne ozonesonde (ROCOZ) with photos
1967 SummerNCAR QuarterlyHorizontal Sounding Balloons" and "Balloons Against Ice," staff1Tracing large-scale air movements by horizontal soundings; includes Global Horizontal Sounding Technique (GHOST) balloons, cannibal-loons, Transosonde balloons, Sky-anchors, etc.
1971Flash (DC Comics)Flash Facts301971 reprint of 1959 1st series DC.
1971 January 4FF Dabei“Und taglich: Der Wetterbericht aus Potsdam”4Article in German with color photos.
1972 July 31-August 4Chicago Tribune"Smilin' Jack" Zack Mosley?A radiosonde saves the day for Jack and Sizzle. See also 1952 entry above.
1973 (Vol. 3)Promet Meteorologische Fortbildung"Prüffeld und mebobjekt für radiosonden" M. Hinzpeter10In German, technical article with diagrams and equations.
1978 DecemberPopular Science“Atmospheric Snooper”18Brief article with photos of AIR Inc. Airsonde.
1989 May Airline Pilot "Radiosondes Tell Tall Tales” L. W. “Buzz” Elias 26-29 Illustrated summary of radiosondes and their use, distinguishing “up-sondes” from “down-sondes.”
1994Rittenhouse"Julien P. Friez: An Important American Meteorlogical Instrument Maker"Ten-Page article on Friez, father of Julien M., discussing, inter alia, his early hydrographs.
1995 DecemberShort Wave Magazine“Radiosondes” Philip C. Mitchell32Article with photos and diagrams focusing on the Vaisala RS 80-15N.
1999 February/March.Air & Space Smithsonian“How’s the Weather Up There?” Phil Scott74Illustrated article on the current use of radiosondes.
2005 JulyThe AWA Journal“World War II Radiosonde Systems” Leon Hillman41Article with photos.
2013 July-August Weatherwise “The Ubiquitous Radiosonde” Jan Null 20-25 Excellent illustrated history and discussion of current use of radiosondes
2015 Sept-Dec Break-In “Early Radiosondes in New Zealand” Gordon Cooper 4-5, 4-6 Illustrated (two photos from RAMONA) early history of Kiwi radiosondes