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GPM Observes Snow Storm over Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina (Feb. 17, 2015)

The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Satellite captured a 3-D image of a winter storm on Feb. 17 that left six to 12 inches of snow over much of Kentucky, southwestern West Virginia, and northwestern North Carolina. The shades of blue in the 3-D image indicate rates of snowfall with more intense snowfall shown in darker blue. Underneath where it melts into rain, the most intense rainfall is shown in red. You can see a lot of variation in precipitation types over the Southeastern portion of the United States.

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

Kel Elkins (USRA):
Lead Animator

Alex Kekesi (Global Science and Technology, Inc.):

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC):

Ryan Fitzgibbons (USRA):
Lead Producer

Rani Gran (NASA/GSFC):

Gail Skofronick Jackson (NASA/GSFC):
Lead Scientist

Dalia B Kirschbaum (NASA/GSFC):
Lead Scientist

George Huffman (NASA/GSFC):
Lead Scientist

Laurence Schuler (ADNET Systems, Inc.):
Lead Project Support

Ian Jones (ADNET Systems, Inc.):
Project Support

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Data Used:
GPM/GMI/Surface Precipitation also referred to as: Rain Rates
2/17/2015 01:56:41 - 02:01:39Z
Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.
GPM/DPR/Ku also referred to as: Volumetric Precipitation data
Observed Data - JAXA - 2/17/2015 01:41:28 - 02:11:27Z
Data provided by the joint NASA/JAXA GPM mission.
2/15/2015 00:00:00Z - 2/17/2015 02:00:00Z
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DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Cryology
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Cryosphere >> Snow/Ice
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Precipitation Rate
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Snow
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