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The Ultimate Shopping List for Weather Geeks to Win Mega Millions $1 Billion Lottery Prize

Picture this: you’re the ultimate weather geek who just won the ultimate prize: the $1.1 billion Mega Millions lottery!

Some winners may dream of luxurious mansions or super-fast sports cars. But are you more Fahrenheit than Ferrari?

Do not worry! We at FOX Weather have compiled the ultimate shopping list for the weather enthusiast who just became a billionaire overnight.

1) WSR 88-D Doppler Radar: $15-20 million

When preparing those architectural plans for the new mansion, don’t forget to leave enough space for that personal radar dome! For around $15-20 million you can install your own Doppler radar just like those the National Weather Service uses to protect your area.

The $15-20 million includes the cost of manufacturing the radar and building all the components (i.e. pedestal and main gear), land purchase, survey payment environmental impact, payment for installation, funding for setting up usable data and shareable form, and operations and maintenance, according to NOAA’s Susan Buchanan.

2) Your own Hurricane Hunter plane: $100 million (NOAA version)

For that new Florida beach house, you’ll want to know when hurricanes could threaten your area. Don’t sit around waiting for the National Hurricane Centerthe latest update from — take a peek into this budding tropical system yourself!


NOAA says that for $100 million you can buy your own P-3 equipped with all the hurricane hunting gear. It will be a bumpy ride but you can’t beat the view.

(The Air Force also has its own hurricane fighter aircraft – WC-130 Hercules — which amounted to $13 million in 1964, but would obviously be a little more of a blow to the 2022 dollar portfolio.)

3) High Altitude Climate Research Aircraft: $150 million

It’s the perfect solution to not only have a private jet for that impromptu trip to the tropics, but also to keep tabs on Earth’s weather along the way. Buchanan says NOAA is building a G550 high-altitude research jet it will be the most advanced climate and weather research aircraft in the world.

And with a cruising altitude of 51,000 feet, you won’t need to share the sky with any of that other pesky commercial air traffic.

4) Supply of 100 years of weather balloons: $14.6 million

Any good meteorologist knows that you not only need to know the weather on the ground, but also get a good sample of the upper levels of the atmosphere to get the best picture of what lies ahead.

For just $200, you can buy a weather balloon complete with the weather-measuring radiosonde, string, parachute, and lifting gas (provided you can find it.) You’ll be a hunter’s greatest envy. storm when you have this data at altitude. directly from your home.


Traditionally, weather balloons are launched twice a day. This means that a year’s supply of weather balloons will cost you around $146,000, but you plan to be around for a while to use those riches, so let’s buy 100 years to pass them on to future generations.

Legacy: Secure.

5) Your own personal forecasting model: $150 million (over 5 years)

You have the tools to tell you what he’s doing right now; how about what the weather will do in the future?

No problem. For $150 million you can buy your own supercomputers to run a customized version of the GFS forecasting model! But who knows what a “GFS” is? (Global Forecast System, by the way). Name it after yourself, your favorite celebrity or even your pet? The FIDO 12Z sounds great…


Buchanan said the $150 million will cover the supercomputer, plus a backup, and things like rent, support and utilities for five years.

6) Private weather satellite: Ummm… no.

It turns out that even lottery winners have limits.

You might think the ultimate weather prize would be to have your own weather satellite, but even a billionaire would need to borrow. NOAA’s GOES-18 weather satellite program has a budget of $11.7 billion. Maybe a down payment?


6a) Private space trips to take your own “weather satellite photo”: $10 million

Alternatively, you can just book a ride as a space tourist these days at around $1 million for a 10 minute ride and bring a camera. We will be launching 10 rides during the inclement weather season.

Total cost: $444.6 million. If you took the lump sum lottery payout, after taxes, you’d make around $450 million, so you’ll have enough leftovers for some of those tricked-out six-figure SUVs chasing the storms — maybe some gold-plated trim .

Didn’t win the lottery? You can always keep an expert eye on the weather

If you’re one of the millions of weather buffs who didn’t win the lottery, that’s okay. You can always get a detailed forecast and radar loop for your exact location on the FOX Weather app for free.


Be sure to download the FOX weather app to track storms in your area and receive potentially life-saving weather alerts from the National Weather Service. Free FOX Weather Live Stream is also available 24/7 on the site and app and on your favorite streaming platform. The FOX Weather Update Podcast also provides weather information for the whole country.