Citizen Scientists Can Help Deep Hail Project

By on April 29, 2016
Researchers are looking for help with the Deep Hail Project. (Credit: University of Colorado at Boulder)

If you live in Colorado and use Twitter, Facebook or even plain email, researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder would like your help with the Deep Hail Project. The effort is looking to gauge the extent of extreme hail storms that sometimes impact the state.

These storms can be large enough that they can leave roads impassible until plows make it out and clear them. While some of the icy white stuff is still out there, scientists at the university would like for interested citizen scientists to send them a few photos along with video, if possible, and a measurement of hail depth.

With these measurements, researchers are planning to work with local National Weather Service (NWS) officials to improve understanding of hail that is produced by thunderstorms. Meteorologists with the NWS are hoping to get better at identifying the kinds of storms that lead to such large deposits of hail.

Top image: Researchers are looking for help with the Deep Hail Project. (Credit: University of Colorado at Boulder)

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