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NASA Asks "Citizen Scientists" to Report Rain Totals

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SALISBURY, Md. - NASA is seeking residents of Maryland's lower shore to help scientists by monitoring precipitation in the area.

“Citizen scientists” from Salisbury and Pocomoke will track rain, snow and hail in order to provide assistance in understanding precipitation on a global scale. After all, official weather stations that report the rain may miss the storm that parked itself over your house, the agency says.

NASA is collaborating with the Community, Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network as part of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission to develop a citizen gauge network that will be coupled with a highly advanced technological calibration site.

Volunteers will receive a free rain gauge and be asked to report the rainfall at their home. They will also be responsible for reading more advanced rain gauges at a nearby NASA site.

Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to work with scientists from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Led by Dr. Walt Petersen, participants will learn how satellites measure rainfall and the importance of ground measurements from different types of rain gauges.

Interested participants may contact Dr. Tiffany Moisan at tiffany.a.moisan@nasa.gov for more information.

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