Tropical storms loom large over different parts of the globe, while extreme heat and droughts wreak havoc on other areas. Flash floods and landslides plague parts of India, as dust storms make it difficult to drive and breathe in the southwestern United States.
Extreme weather. We may feel powerless, but there are ways we can help scientists better predict these events and help provide warning systems. That’s empowering.
The SciStarter Team
It’s going to be HOT across the United States this week.
Use the ISeeChange app to share your observations about the heat. You can help researchers understand extreme weather and inform community adaptation decisions.
Help improve flood forecasts where data is limited by using this free app to report water levels, stream flow data, and soil moisture data.
Register a location and use a rain gauge to record precipitation where you are. Your reports may be used by the National Weather Service.
Location: United States, Canada, and the Bahamas
Mudslides are a common type of landslide. Landslides are often precipitated by rain, drought, and other natural disasters.
If a landslide occurs near you, you can submit a report to NASA’s Landslide Reporter to help researchers understand where and when landslides occur.
Dust storms can introduce particulate matter in your lungs and eyes, among other hazards, and they’ve been plaguing the southwestern United States. With NASA’s GLOBE Observer, you can help track dust storms globally. More data will help improve early warnings and tracking. To report dust storms, use the “Clouds” protocol on the GLOBE app.
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