April Fool's Day Snow Storm

  • Released Monday, April 10, 2017

This visualization starts over the United States as the viewer watches a weather event form over the east coast. We then freeze on April 1, 2017 as GPM flies overhead collecting data over this weather system. Zooming down to the Northeast, GPM's DPR (3D volumetric precipitation data) is slowly cut away to reveal the inner precipitation structure of the snow storm. Looking closely, one can see a thin band of liquid precipitation that formed in the northern section of the storm eventually tapering into frozen precipitation in the far north. The visualization wraps with the camera pulling back to a bird's eye view of the snow storm.

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite flew over the United States northeast coast during a snow storm on April 1, 2017. This snow storm delivered up to 18 inches of snow in some parts of New England.

The GPM Core Observatory carries two instruments that show the location and intensity of rain and snow, which defines a crucial part of the storm structure – and how it will behave. The GPM Microwave Imager sees through the tops of clouds to observe how much and where precipitation occurs, and the Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar observes precise details of precipitation in 3-dimensions.

GPM data is part of the toolbox of satellite data used by forecasters and scientists to understand how storms behave. GPM is a joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Current and future data sets are available with free registration to users from NASA Goddard's Precipitation Processing Center website.

Color bar for frozen precipitation rates (ie, snow rates). Shades of cyan represent low amounts of frozen precipitation, whereas shades of purple represent high amounts of precipitation.

Color bar for frozen precipitation rates (ie, snow rates). Shades of cyan represent low amounts of frozen precipitation, whereas shades of purple represent high amounts of precipitation.

Color bar for liquid precipitation rates (ie, rain rates). Shades of green represent low amounts of liquid precipitation, whereas shades of red represent high amounts of precipitation.

Color bar for liquid precipitation rates (ie, rain rates). Shades of green represent low amounts of liquid precipitation, whereas shades of red represent high amounts of precipitation.



Credits

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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.

Release date

This page was originally published on Monday, April 10, 2017.
This page was last updated on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 10:37 PM EDT.


Missions

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Datasets used in this visualization

  • Rain Rates (Surface Precipitation) [GPM: GMI]

    ID: 822
    Sensor: GMIDates used: 4/1/2017 5:15:48 - 6:48:22Z

    Credit: Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.

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  • Volumetric Precipitation data (Ku) [GPM: DPR]

    ID: 830
    Type: Observed DataSensor: DPRDates used: 4/1/2017 5:15:48 - 6:48:22Z

    Credit: Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.

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