Meteorologists visit C.A.S.P.E.R.

Medford, Ore.– All eyes were on the Medford International Rogue Valley Airport Thursday morning to meet CASPER, also known as the “Cable Attached System Providing Effective Relief”.  It’s a balloon that drops tiny dry ice pellets helping clear fog and opening up the runway during winter months.

Meteorologists and scientific experts from all over the country met for a demonstration of the mechanism that airport officials say was the first of it’s kind.  Even five years after it’s inception, it’s inspiring weather experts nationally.

“We are pretty notorious in this valley in the winter months to get that fog bank,” says Kim Stearns, public information officer for the airport.  “I don’t know of any another airport that uses a balloon filled with helium to do the fog seeding.”

Stearns says other airports often stop in to see CASPER at work, hoping to emulate the technology.

NBC5 News at Sunrise anchor Taelor Rian was born near Los Angeles, California but spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated with a Journalism degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Before joining the NBC5 News team, she was an anchor and reporter for JUCEtv, an international faith based entertainment network. There she had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Morgan Freeman, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ashley Judd, Rosario Dawson and Emma Watson. Before that she was a reporter for KAUZ in Wichita Falls, TX. Taelor also interned at KABC and Fox 11 in Los Angeles.

Taelor loves cooking up new recipes, rooting for her favorite NBA teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Clippers, and trying out Do It Yourself crafting projects.

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