Science of Clouds


Discover the Science of Clouds Videos

Want to learn more why clouds are important and how they affect you? Join different NASA scientists and learn how to look at clouds with a new perspective. Follow along with a GLOBE educator on how to do a cloud related activity.

What is Citizen Science?


Jessica Taylor (Atmospheric Scientist and Principal Investigator for GLOBE Clouds, NASA Langley Research Center) will share how she started in GLOBE as a student and her path to NASA. Learn more about citizen science and why is it important for NASA. Jessica is a former Latin dance instructor who grew up in Florida and in Mexico, and loves reaching out to students all around the world.


Join Jessica and her two daughters as they try out the Cloud Cover Estimation activity. To do this activity, you will need paper (white and blue), scissors, glue or tape, and a marker or pencil.

How to Read Your Satellite Matches?


Join Marilé Colón Robles (GLOBE Clouds Project Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center), Tina Rogerson (Scientific Programmer and GLOBE Clouds Data Manager, NASA Langley Research Center) and Heather Mortimer (GLOBE Observer Graphic Designer and Science Writer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) share why satellite matches to GLOBE cloud observations are important and how to read a satellite match table.


Join two Montverde Academy middle school students as they interview Marilé Colón Robles to find out how she got a job at NASA and what her job and life are like. She asks them some questions too. See if your answers to these questions match their answers. 

  1. What do you like to do for fun?

  2. How often do you make GLOBE observations?

  3. What are you trying to find out using GLOBE?

  4. What would you do if you got to go to another time era for a day? What time period would you go to and why?

  5. What advice would you give a first grader?

Your Cloud Observations in Research


Dr. J. Brant Dodson (Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center) will explain the power of citizen science observations and how GLOBE and GLOBE Observer cloud observations are being used in his research. Brant, a Houston, TX native loves looking up at the skies day and night as he is also a backyard astronomer.


Join GLOBE educator Dr. Veshell Lewis (Jackson Public Schools and University of Southern Mississippi) as she does the Cloud Fun activity that is part of the Elementary GLOBE books series. For this activity, you will need the free Elementary GLOBE storybook Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?, paper, the GLOBE cloud chart, newspaper, white paper, glue or glue sticks, markers or pencils, and the Cloud Fun activity sheet.

Clouds and Weather


Kris Bedka (Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center) will teach us how clouds relate to weather and how data from geostationary satellites are used to study clouds. Kris, a Chicago native, enjoys sports, gardening and landscaping, and eating ethnic foods.


Join Lucy Ellisor (Camp Counselor for Camp Discovery in Blythewood, SC) and her brother Deon as they do the Cloud in a Jar activity. To do this activity, you will need warm water, a metal tray or cookie sheet, ice, a see-through jar, and a match.

Clouds and Earth's Climate


Dr. Patrick Taylor (Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center) will discuss how he studies clouds to look at our changing climate and analyzes data from Low Earth Orbit satellites. Patrick started his passion for weather when he was in fourth grade at Greenwood Elementary School in Millerstown, Pennsylvania.


Join the mother and daughter duo of GLOBE educators Joselyn Hathaway (River Road Middle School in Elizabeth City, NC) and Wanda Hathaway (Churchland Middle School in Portsmouth, VA) as they do the SciGirls’ cloud clues activity. For this activity, you will need a transparent item (like cellophane or a bottle full of water), translucent items (like wax paper or tissue paper), opaque items (like construction paper or aluminum foil), a light source and white paper.

Clouds and Aerosols


Dr. Kristina Pistone (Research Scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at NASA Ames Research Center) will talk about aerosols, why NASA studies them, and how they are related to clouds. Kristina speaks different languages and loves to travel and meet new people as much as she loves collecting data.



Join Angie Rizzi (Science Educator, NASA Langley Research Center) as she makes an aerosol sampler from the Up In The Air activity, part of the Elementary GLOBE storybooks series. Dr. Ali Omar (Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center) will talk about the types of aerosols you can see and cannot see with your eyes. To do this activity, you will need a copy of the student activity sheet, clear contact paper or tape, a piece of cardboard, a magnifying glass, and a six-sided die.