Earth  ID: 4615

2018 Snow Cyclone

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite flew over the United States east coast during a snow cyclone on January 4, 2018. This storm delivered up to 18 inches of snow in some parts of New England. Areas as far south as Norfolk, Virginia received up to 10 inches. This storm was also accompanied by very high winds, ranging from 50 to 80 miles per hour.

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.

Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Data Visualizer
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Data Visualizer
Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA): Lead Producer
George Huffman (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Gail Skofronick Jackson (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC): Lead Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support
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Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.

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Mission:
Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

Data Used:
GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation 1/4/2018 5:01:40 - 5:47:00Z
GPM/DPR/Ku 1/4/2018 5:41:28 - 5:47:00Z
IMERG 1/3/2018 00:00Z - 1/4/2018 05:47Z
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite 1/3/2018 00:00Z - 1/4/2018 05:47Z
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Keywords:
DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Cryology
SVS >> HDTV
DLESE >> Hydrology
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Precipitation Rate
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Snow
SVS >> Hyperwall
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0