Floating forecast

Weather balloon rises up to 75,000 feet to help SRP plan summer operations

If you happen to look up around 4:30 p.m. — or, if you’re a morning person, 4:30 a.m. — near SRP’s headquarters in Tempe, you might see a big white balloon taking flight.

But it’s not just any balloon. It’s a weather balloon that helps forecast high temperatures and storms in the Valley — a forecast essential to SRP’s summer operations.

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8 tips to prep for summer storms

Don’t be caught by surprise during unpredictable weather

Metro Phoenix got its first hint of summer monsoons Monday night, with some lightning, particularly in the East Valley. And, as residents brace for monsoon season ahead, SRP is prepared to handle the heat and storms. We plan for the extreme weather throughout the year by maintaining our transmission and distribution systems to ensure reliability.

If there is an outage, SRP alerts you via email or text when your home or business is in an affected area. We also let you know (see details below to sign up) when power is restored.

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