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Happy New Year. Now that the holidays are winding down and it's time to start your new year's resolutions, why not resolve to get out of doors more? This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: It could be snowy and cold where you live (areas of the Central Plains in the U.S. experienced a snowfall this past week) or perhaps it is unusually warm (parts of California have been experiencing temperatures in the 70s and 80s). Either way, get out of doors and explore the world around you. I guarantee that you will come away...


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Happy Holidays, everyone! Wishing you all wonderful times together with those you love -- this and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Holiday lights, whether adorning a tree or a house, always add sparkle and excitement.  Did you know that during holiday times, satellites and astronauts can see those lights from space? "With a new look at daily data from the Suomi NPP satellite, a NASA scientist and colleagues have identified how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons. According to the data,...


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Winter starts this week-- this and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Snow and clouds can look similar from space, and this is part of the reason why we ask you to take measurements of the clouds from where you are on the surface of the Earth. Can you spot the snow in the above picture? How about the clouds? How can you tell? About the image: " Winter blasted the Eastern United States one day before winter’s solstice as chilly Arctic air swept over the region. The snow that fell over the northeast, in the mid-Atlantic states and across the...


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

So many happenings to think about -- this and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Several fires are currently raging in California (as of Thursday, December 7, 2017). Dry weather and seasonal Santa Ana winds caused prime conditions this past week.  Many have been affected, freeways have closed and air quality is terrible. Please keep the people of California in your thoughts.   Satellites up in space have also been viewing and monitoring the fires in California. "The Multi Spectral Imager (MSI) on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2...


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How's the weather where you live? This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Satellites monitor our weather from space. "The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017." More   2. WEATHER: What is weather anyway? "There are really a lot of components to weather. Weather includes sunshine, rain, cloud cover, winds, hail, snow, sleet, freezing rain, flooding, blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms, steady rains from a cold front...


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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.