NASA Invites Reporters to see Stunning New Global Precipitation Portrait

Press Release From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Media are invited to see rain like never seen before. On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, NASA scientists will be available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT for in-person interviews at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Maryland. Scientists will stand in front of a 20-foot-long wall of monitors and show every hurricane, blizzard and rainstorm that occurred around the world over a four-month period on a visually stunning and animated map.

"The large wall screen lets you see how detailed and comprehensive this new global data set is," said Gail Skrofronick Jackson, project scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM at NASA Goddard.

GPM sees through clouds and has produced the most detailed world-wide view of rain, light rain and snow every 30 minutes. Scientists can see weather fronts in the southern ocean, snow at the tops of hurricanes and monitor rainfall in a storm as it travels from the U.S. East Coast across the Atlantic Ocean to England.

A constellation of a dozen satellites created this unprecedented look inside rain clouds, hurricanes and blizzards. The GPM constellation provides scientists new insights into how these storms develop and intensify, which will improve weather forecasting as well as our understanding of how Earth is changing.

Reporters who wish conduct interviews need to make arrangements with NASA Goddard's Office of Communications. Media representatives should contact either Ed Campion or Rani Gran no later than 4 p.m.on Tuesday, March 31, to arrange accreditation and access to the center.


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