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In May 2020, citizen scientist Carmen Mandel met two major milestones: she marked her one-year anniversary of being a GLOBE Observer and she single-handedly expanded the Clouds satellite match data by 36%. Carmen uses GLOBE Observer to record clouds 2-3 times daily every time she gets a notification that a NASA satellite is overhead. She sends her data to GLOBE, but then she records her observation in her own clouds journal. When she receives an email from NASA Langley Research Center matching her observation to satellite data, she adds that to her journal as well. On...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Data Included Earth System Science General Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Scientists Students

Hi, my name is Nate Raynor and I am the GLOBE Teacher at Mescalero Apache School located in south central New Mexico. GLOBE Teacher Nate Raynor (left) with his students and NM GLOBE Partner Christy Wall  (second from left) at the 2018 SRS in Boulder, CO. This is my 2nd year using GLOBE protocols in the classroom. I like GLOBE because it gives my students a chance to work outside and not be stuck in a classroom all day. With GLOBE, my students begin to see their environment from a different aspect. I am currently using GLOBE protocols in two of my classes. My Biology classes...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Biosphere » Biometry (including Tree Height) Atmosphere » Clouds Primary Audience: Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Secondary: 9-12 Protocol Specific Documents » Protocol

Clouds are amazing to observe and always seem to capture the attention of all, from little ones to the young at heart. The GLOBE Clouds team would like to help all of those that would be interested in doing research with clouds. A good research question is always tricky so here are some tips and ideas to get you started! What is a good research question? It is not always easy to come up with a research question, but GLOBE has a good checklist to help you out! You can even assign points and see how many points does your question total as a good research question. A lot of times scientists...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Data Included Backyard Science Climate Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Trainers Students Partners Alumni Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Investigation Area Documents

The GLOBE Observer app (available for iPhones and Android devices) is a new, step-by-step way to submit cloud observations to NASA. Use your GLOBE sign-in information to sync your observations with your GLOBE data entry.  Here are some simple tips and tricks on how to better identify clouds while using the app. Your latitude, longitude, and time of day with be filled in automatically by the app!   1. What does your sky look like? Is your sky completely clear with no contrails? Are there clouds or is the sky obscured that it makes it difficult to make any observation? This is...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate » Observing, Describing, and Identifying Clouds Atmosphere and Climate » Observing Visibility and Sky Color Atmosphere and Climate » Estimating Cloud Cover Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Upper Primary: 3-5 Grade Level » Secondary: 9-12 Grade Level » Middle: 6-8 Grade Level » Lower Primary: K-2

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is excited to highlight Mr. Gary Popiolkowski, a middle school science teacher at Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School in Houston, PA, USA. Mr. Popiolkowski has been teaching for 44 years and has been a GLOBE teacher since 1995. He has had his students doing cloud observations for the past 18 years, submitting over 15,000 observations! He has also been doing virtual connections with Patumwan Demonstration School in Thailand each year for the past four years. We ask Mr. Popiolkowski how he does it! Here is what he shared: Each period of the day the students...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Other GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Surface Temperature Atmosphere » Clouds Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Alumni Scientists Country Coordinators

The GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA would like to highlight the top observers for the month of February! Thank you to all observers for submitting your observations and using the satellite matching of data. Also, remember that on March 15, 2018 we will start our NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge! The top observers will be congratulated by a NASA scientist with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website. Click here for more information.   Top 10 cloud observers for February 2018   Observer School or...


Posted in: Event Topics: Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds News Topics: Competitions Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Alumni Scientists Country Coordinators

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team recently presented a webinar the details of how your cloud observations are matched to satellite data. The webinar, recording found below, also focuses on the importance and quality of the observations, ways that the data can be used by scientists, and current work being done by the team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. The webinar also highlights newly processed data from the temperature and cloud observations reported for the Great North American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.      See how your data is collected...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Earth System Science GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds News Topics: Video Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Partners Scientists Country Coordinators

If you are attending the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) Conference this coming Friday, March 2, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan (United States of America), I welcome you to join myself (Jeff Bouwman), David Bydlowski, and Andy Henry.  We are excited to present Aerial Exploration of Environmental Study Sites, Using Kites, Cameras and Other Sensors on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM and #GettingScienceDone – Citizen Science on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM.  Aerial Exploration of Environmental Study Sites, Using Kites, Cameras and Other Sensors will focus on the...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Field Campaigns: SMAP Surface Temperature Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Precipitation Atmosphere » Air Temperature Pedosphere (Soil) » Soil Moisture - SMAP Block Pattern Atmosphere » Surface Temperature Pedosphere (Soil) » Soil Temperature Atmosphere » Clouds

Mr. Jeff Bouwman The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is excited to highlight Mr. Jeff Bouwman, a 6th and 7th grade teacher at Shumate Middle School (Gibraltar School District) in Gibraltar, MI. Mr. Bouwman was one of the top 10 GLOBE Cloud observers for 2017 and we are very excited for the research his students are doing with the data.    We invite you to read his most recent post - "It's Cool to Have Your Head in the Clouds" - and read the research his students are doing with 2-years of cloud observations!    If you would like to be highlighted as a NASA...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Competitions Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Scientists Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Investigation Area Documents

  Sixth Grade Citizen Scientists at Shumate Middle School (Gibraltar School District) in Gibraltar, Michigan (United States of America) truly enjoy observing clouds and taking environmental measurements for The GLOBE Program.  Over the course of the school year, each sixth grader will have the opportunity to travel outside to take various environmental measurements.  Currently, our sixth grade students are measuring soil moisture, soil, surface, and current temperatures, precipitation, and clouds.  While taking surface temperature measurements, students are also...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Atmosphere » Surface Temperature

NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge Audience: Students and teachers all grade levels, informal educators, and the general public Dates: March 15, 2018 - April 15, 2018 The NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA is excited to announce the NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge. Participants are invited to enter up to 10 cloud observations per day from March 15, 2018 to April 15, 2018 using the GLOBE Program’s data entry options or using GLOBE Observer app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants with the most...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Other Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds News Topics: Competitions Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Alumni Country Coordinators Teacher's Guide: Grade Level

Friday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day and some of us will be waiting to see if Punxsutawney Phil saw a shadow or not! Punxsutawney Phil and other groundhogs have been predicting the arrival of Spring for many years and has intrigued us all.   NASA Education Specialist Dr. Anne Weiss NASA Education specialist at NASA Langley Research Center, Dr. Anne Weiss, was gathering cloud and temperature data while visiting her nephews (3rd, 5th, and 8th grade) when they got talking about Punxsutawney Phil. Her nephews were questioning if Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast would affect ‘Aunt Anne’...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Scientist Skills Backyard Science GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate » Estimating Cloud Cover Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students

Satellites can detect and collect a lot of observations in very short amount of time. It is simple to think that anything that is white in an image is a cloud. Well, not always.  Look at these beautiful images taken by the GOES 16 satellite of the recent "Winter Weather Bomb" that left a blanket of snow from South Georgia to New England on January 4, 2018. Click here and watch a loop of images from the GOES 16 satellite for January 4, 2018. GOES 16 Image taken on January 4, 2018 at 171720Z GOES 16 Image taken on January 4, 2018 at 201720Z       ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Event Topics: Other GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Climate Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists

One of the things I do as a GLOBE partner is facilitate workshops for educators. When I facilitate a workshop for credit, I always require a short reflection. I use reflection because when teachers, like all of us, stop and think about what they learned the learning is deeper and more relevant. And, candidly, they are more likely to implement GLOBE into their classrooms. To give participants direction in their reflecting, I use the 4 R model of reflection: review, relate, remark, revise. - Review. Participants review and summarize one salient aspect of the workshop. Discuss one...


Posted in: Curriculum: Assessment and Evaluation Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Event Topics: Workshops GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate » Cloud Watch Atmosphere and Climate » Observing, Describing, and Identifying Clouds Atmosphere and Climate » Estimating Cloud Cover Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Partners Country Coordinators Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Upper Primary: 3-5

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/05/15/the-community-cloud-atlas/ During our time in the Atmospheric Science doctoral program at Colorado State University (CSU), we would take breaks from frustrating programming efforts and run upstairs to the roof of the building to take pictures of clouds. We would identify them by name, describe the conditions in which they were forming, and head back inside to see if we could put them within the context of the radar and satellite imagery. As our collection continued to grow, we started to...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds