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Let’s Start Investigating! Read Recent Blog “Using NASA Data to Predict Where and When it Will Rain!”

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Are you keeping up with the GLOBE community blogs? Read the latest blog, “Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Using NASA Data to Predict Where and When it will Rain!” written by NASA Science Educator Dorian Wood Janney.

“A new study using NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission data entitled ‘Water vapor and soil moisture can predict afternoon rainfall’ was recently published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal. Many of us who use GLOBE protocols have wondered if we could use our data to help us answer some of the most challenging questions related to weather. This study might give some great ideas to students, teachers, and citizen scientists around the world to see if they can find similar results,” Janney said in the blog.

“This article explains that the effect that water vapor has on weather is very complex and has not been well understood previously. The authors of this study look more closely at the possible relationship and came up with some rather surprising findings. One of the things that is so fascinating about science is that we can use emerging technologies and ground-based measurements to help us get a clearer understanding of what it taking place in Earth's systems.”

“If you are interested in seeing how much precipitation GPM measured over your location – or any location around the globe – check out this online interactive activity: ‘From Satellites to Your Backyard.’ You can also see how to compare and contrast your GLOBE precipitation data with that of GPM's data here. Finally, check out the last week of precipitation data which was observed around the world by the GPM mission here. How incredible that we have so much data to work with that is freely available, and we still have so many questions to ask and try to figure out! What are you waiting for – let's start investigating!” Janney said.

To read the entire blog, click here.

type: globe-news

News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office