The Barbados Oceanographic & Meteorological Experiment (BOMEX) was an experiment that took place in the western Atlantic and Barbados in May to July 1969. This recorded the Surface Air temperature, Wet Bulb Temperature, Humidity, Wind speed and direction, rainfall, Cloud cover, Visibility, Sea Surface Temperature and wave height and frequency. These recording were made in Barbados and by several ships in the Western Atlantic.
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted this, with the corporation of the Barbados Government. There was involvement of the USA Navy as well.
As part of the experiment a large tethered Balloon was flown from Ragged Point Lighthouse and sometimes to the South of Kitridge Point. This is in a area that has a small quarry about 7 Meters square and 3 meters deep (approximate size) where the balloon was kept when not in use. This balloon was silver in colour and shaped like the Zeppelin airships. The various instruments would have been attached to this.
As a boy growing up at Three Houses, and being interested in every thing, and given the encouragement by my parents to explore, as soon as it went up and I was not at school I rode there and had a look.
I met and talked to the scientists and no doubt got in their way. I remember them telling me that they were also collecting Dust from the Sahara Desert. I did not believe him at the time but years later my Physics Teacher Mr. O’Shea was in charge of another experiment doing the same thing.
A few years ago while hiking in the area I came across a large concrete block with a metal ring in it, which I believe, may have been used as the anchor.