Media Invited to Preview Snow-Chasing Field Campaign

Media Invited to Preview Snow-Chasing Field Campaign

Media are invited to preview NASA’s most comprehensive airborne study of East Coast snowstorms on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. Studying cloud processes and the way they form snowstorms will improve winter meteorology .

The new NASA field campaign, Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms (IMPACTS), are going to be within the field from Jan. 15 to March 1 studying snowstorms by flying above and in snow clouds to raised understand the cloud processes that form these storms.

Media will study the science questions and challenges facing the IMPACTS mission and have opportunities to interview lead scientists and mission managers and tour NASA’s P-3 aircraft.

Media who are U.S. citizens or positive identification holders must request credentials by Jan. 10 by sending their full name, because it appears on a legitimate government-issued photo identification, media affiliation, email address and phone number to Keith Koehler at

Winter storms are both frequent and disruptive, often shutting down roads and shutting businesses. They are also among the foremost difficult storms to live from space and for forecast models to predict.

IMPACTS is that the first major field campaign to review East Coast snowstorms in 30 years. NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude aircraft will fly out of Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, and therefore the agency’s P-3 cloud-sampling aircraft will fly out of Wallops. The instrumentation which will fly these aircraft represent a big advancement over previous capabilities.

Researchers expect to collect data which will help close the knowledge gap on snowstorms and help scientists improve how they interpret satellite data and incorporate them into meteorology models.

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