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GLOBE Fall Cloud Challenge Rakes in the Observations

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program’s Fall Cloud Observation Challenge, led by the Science Education team at NASA Langley, took place from Oct 15 – Nov 15, 2019 and asked citizen scientists to report cloud and sky conditions. The challenge brought in more than 45,000 observations from citizen scientists in more than 17,000 locations in 93 countries on every continent including Antarctica.

Observations from volunteer citizen scientists included cloud cover and cloud type, as well as reports of purple skies, haboobs and other types of dust storms, and smoke plumes from fires. The congratulatory video on features CERES scientist Antonio Viudez Mora naming the top observers for each world region. The video was produced by NASA Langley’s media team and story written by science writer Joe Atkinson. Due to the enormous amount of observations received, a series of thankful videos were recorded featuring NASA subject matter experts Ali Omar, William Smith, Tina Rogerson, and Marie Ivanco. The videos will be released on NASA GLOBE Observer social media platforms during thanksgiving week to provide further recognition and thanks for all the volunteer observations we received.

+ View the video: here