Cloud Watching at Camp: NASA’s Fall Cloud Challenge

October 14, 2019

Do your programs include time to watch the sky and maybe observe clouds? Your campers can help scientists study our planet by collecting data about the clouds they see!

NASA and The GLOBE Program are asking citizen scientists to report what kinds of clouds they see. Camps, clubs, and after-school audiences are encouraged to join the challenge and assist in the unified effort to gather cloud data.

From October 15 to November 15, campers and other citizen scientists can submit up to 10 cloud observations per day as part of the Fall Cloud Challenge, using the GLOBE Observer app or one of GLOBE's other data entry options. Participants with the most observations will receive a personalized thank you from a NASA scientist.

At NASA Langley, scientists work with sensitive satellite instruments. Data provided by citizen scientists on the ground helps scientists distinguish thin clouds, such as cirrus, from bright landscapes like snow cover, and build a better understanding of clouds, dust, and smoke and how these affect our climate and weather.

For an introduction to the different types of clouds, start with the NASA/ NOAA Cloud Chart. Additional quizzes and cloud activities are available online at the GLOBE website.

NASA Langley Research Center, Joe Atkinson and Tina Harte

NASA sponsors the GLOBE Program. The GLOBE Program is an international science and education program that provides learners in both formal and informal setting, as well as the general public with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process. NASA GLOBE Observer is a free smartphone app that lets anybody make several citizen science observations from the palm of their hand