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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...


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

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...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have a lot to be grateful for here at NASA GLOBE Observer. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. YOU:  We are grateful for citizen scientists just like you who support our understanding of the planet by observing on the ground. Thank you. Use and follow #ThanksCitiSci for more on how citizen science is making a difference in our world today. Not a citizen scientist? You can become one today by downloading the free NASA GLOBE Observer app.  See the links below Get the App Learn More 2....


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

A cloud science launch and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. LAUNCH: The CERES instrument will launch on board the JPSS-1 satellite. This instrument has been anticipating launch all week, but due to winds has been unable to lift off. The next launch attempt will possibly be Saturday, November 18th.  CERES stands for   Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES). Learn more about this mission in the entries below. But for starters: "What impact do clouds have on Earth’s climate? This is one of the most pressing scientific questions...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Aerosols Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Atmosphere and Climate » Cloud Fun Atmosphere and Climate » Cloud Watch Atmosphere and Climate » Estimating Cloud Cover Atmosphere and Climate » Observing, Describing, and Identifying Clouds Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

We are excited to be part of Thursday’s Facebook Live event from the Goddard Spaceflight Center. We hope that we can excite people to collect the citizen science data needed to validate the satellite data that we sense from space.   Our DEVELOP team is working on a mosquito habitat suitability map for western Europe based on both citizen science observations and environmental data collected from satellites. You can’t see mosquitoes from space, so we look to the citizen science reports of mosquito habitats on the ground to verify the models created from satellite data. ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Hydrosphere Hydrosphere » Mosquitoes Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

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.