WEBVTT FILE 1 00:00:00.680 --> 00:00:02.670 One of the storms washed out roads. 2 00:00:02.690 --> 00:00:06.030 We had to clear a mudslide. Get out the pick and shovels. 3 00:00:06.050 --> 00:00:09.000 We were fording a river with water up to our knees 4 00:00:09.020 --> 00:00:10.630 as we were heading out to the sites. 5 00:00:10.650 --> 00:00:13.090 So it was pretty intense. 6 00:00:13.110 --> 00:00:15.900 I am a graduate student at the University of Washington 7 00:00:15.920 --> 00:00:19.450 and I’ve been working with the folks at NASA 8 00:00:19.470 --> 00:00:20.870 in the Olympic National Park 9 00:00:20.890 --> 00:00:24.700 to validate the GPM satellite observations. 10 00:00:24.720 --> 00:00:27.990 The GPM satellite has the amazing advantage 11 00:00:28.010 --> 00:00:30.270 that it can measure precipitation everywhere. 12 00:00:30.290 --> 00:00:34.910 But we need to know if the satellite measurements are accurate or not. 13 00:00:34.930 --> 00:00:39.000 So we have this ground network of instruments set up. 14 00:00:39.020 --> 00:00:41.180 At all the sites we have rain gauges 15 00:00:41.200 --> 00:00:42.720 so we know how much rain there is. 16 00:00:42.740 --> 00:00:47.660 We have disdrometers, which measure the individual raindrops themselves 17 00:00:47.680 --> 00:00:51.210 and tell us about the properties of the rainfall. 18 00:00:51.230 --> 00:00:53.030 The weather here is very unique 19 00:00:53.050 --> 00:00:55.070 we have all these different types of precipitation 20 00:00:55.090 --> 00:00:56.400 occurring in the same spot. 21 00:00:56.420 --> 00:01:00.480 You have this light uniform rain, you have this heavy isolated intense rain, 22 00:01:00.500 --> 00:01:01.450 you have snow. 23 00:01:01.470 --> 00:01:07.860 The goal of the ground instrumentation is to measure the changes in precipitation. 24 00:01:07.880 --> 00:01:09.890 It’s constantly damp out here. 25 00:01:09.910 --> 00:01:13.250 We’re measuring the rain but then the rain is falling on to our instruments. 26 00:01:13.270 --> 00:01:17.290 We have a lot of electronics and the water likes to try and drip into them. 27 00:01:17.310 --> 00:01:21.700 So we’ve had a lot of fun trying to keep things dry. 28 00:01:21.720 --> 00:01:25.780 The challenge really is just to keep everything running as this weather 29 00:01:25.800 --> 00:01:28.210 just continues to come one storm after another. 30 00:01:28.230 --> 00:01:31.630 It’s hard to get a break but it keeps it exciting. 31 00:01:31.650 --> 00:01:34.370 The more I learn the more I appreciate 32 00:01:34.390 --> 00:01:37.850 how intricate the details of what goes on in these storms. 33 00:01:37.870 --> 00:01:43.950