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  During the GLOBE cloud observation challenge, citizen scientists of all ages can make up to 10 cloud observations per day using the GLOBE Observer app or one of the other data entry options (for trained GLOBE members). Credits: NASA/Jessica Taylor Editor's Note: This story comes from NASA Langley Research Center and was written by Joe Atkinson. It’s almost spring, the time of year when the looming change in seasons could lead to some pretty fascinating cloud activity in the sky. NASA and the GLOBE Program are asking for your help by taking part in a...


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Nor'easters, light dustings, rain, and chilly weather. We are still very much in winter. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup.   1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  " Much of the U.S. Midwest has received above normal precipitation this winter. A NASA rainfall analysis provided a look at the precipitation that contributed to current flooding." Read more in the below. Read More 2. NOR'EASTER: " NOAA's GOES 16 satellite viewed the the recent Nor'easter from space and saw it spinning off the Atlantic Northeast. This storm has hit the the East...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth System Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Air Temperature Atmosphere » Barometric Pressure Atmosphere » Clouds Atmosphere » Precipitation Atmosphere » Water Vapor Atmosphere » Wind Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

Here at NASA GLOBE Observer we are gearing up to kick off a month-long clouds data challenge.  Learn more about clouds, the challenge and more in this week’s edition of the roundup.   1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:   Have you ever seen a rainbow like the one in the above image? I have, but only once or twice during my lifetime.  What you are seeing in the above is called "cloud iridescence." "Cloud iridescence is relatively rare. The cloud must be thin and have lots of water droplets or ice crystals of about the same size. When that happens, the suns...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Aerosols Atmosphere » Clouds Atmosphere » Precipitation Atmosphere » Water Vapor Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

The Olympics, ICE-POP and more in this week’s edition of the roundup.   1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  I f you watched the opening ceremonies the other night from PyeongChang, Korea, and if you are like me, then you were undoubtedly delighted with all of the wonder and beauty displayed by the projections and the performers. And the sports events we will be able to witness will no doubt make history. Now, winter sports need ice and snow.  Without these, well, it just would not be possible.  If you have been following us on social media then you will have...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Atmosphere » Water Vapor Hydrosphere Atmosphere » Precipitation Hydrosphere » Mosquitoes Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

When you hear the word cheerleader, no doubt you think of the sports variety. High kicks, pom poms, and special calls and chants. But a cheerleader does not have to just promote sports. Have you ever considered being a cheerleader for citizen science? A few cheerleaders, memorabilia, and more in this week's edition of the roundup.  "Let's Go Citizen Science!" 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  If you haven't checked out our latest profile yet you should. Lauren Farmer does citizen science and leads others in citizen science in both the North and South Poles. (In the...


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Did you Know?

Cirrus over Cumulus

This is a great, and fairly typical shot of high thin cirrus over low cumulus clouds in the Tropics.

Photo taken by Doug Stoddard in Puerto Rico.