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Join Mission SnowGLOBE starting January 2023 

The GLOBE U.S. Coordination Office invites you and your students to participate in Mission SnowGLOBE starting in January 2023! We are working in partnership with the NASA Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms (IMPACTS) field campaign to collect measurements during snow events and upload the data to the GLOBE website. Anyone is welcome to participate, although we are specifically looking for data from these areas: southern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and southern Wisconsin. If storms occur over North Carolina and Virginia, the IMPACTS team can fly there as well.

We are asking you and your students to collect data using the protocols: 

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Prior to the start of the mission in January, you will need to: 

  • Become familiar with the protocols: scroll down the Atmosphere Protocol eTraining page to find the “Precipitation - Snow” eTraining and “Clouds” eTraining 

  • Define your study site(s)

  • Gather the equipment, including making a snowboard (a list of equipment needed can be found below) 

The expectation is that you and your students would collect data when alerted through the SnowGLOBE Community for a snow event. You will be given 48 hours' notice of a snow event. The IMPACTS team will provide webinars for students to meet the mission pilots, and have offered to mentor students participating in the U.S. GLOBE Regional Student Research Symposia or the International Virtual Science Symposium using data from this project. 

Equipment needed 

  • Snow board (plywood board painted white - instructions on how to make one can be found here)

  • Meter Stick 

  • Flag or marker 

  • Straight—sided container (such as overflow tube from rain gauge) 

  • Containers or jars to store snow samples 

  • Something flat and clean to slide under inverted containers

  • Rain Gauge 

How to Join

If you are interested in learning more, complete this Google Form by December 31, 2022, to be notified of data collection storm events and plan to attend at least one of the webinars.  

Webinars and Resources

Connect with Scientists

If you are interested in connecting with the mission scientists, please get in touch with Brenna Biggs, the NASA Airborne Science Program Communication Lead (

Literacy Connections

  • It's Snowing by Gail Gibbons
  • The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • Curious About Snow by Gina Shaw
  • Snowflakes in Photographs by W.A. Bentley
  • The Secret Life of a Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht
  • Studying Snowflakes by Joseph Otterman
  • 'We Love Snow' recommended reading from the Wisconsin Water Library

Opportunities to Share Student Research

Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc)

Events origin: United States of America