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Hail the new storm app for citizen science, WeatheX

Hail the new storm app for citizen science, WeatheX

Full article issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and Monash University School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment have developed a new app, WeatheX, on IOS and Android. WeatheX aims to engage citizen scientists to report and photograph observations of hail, strong winds, tornadoes and flooding.

The very nature of storm events often makes them difficult to precisely forecast, and sparse observation networks seldom capture the full picture as they unfold. Climate and weather models struggle to reproduce regional rainfall because of the lack of detailed observations to help inform our understanding of cloud physics. Researchers say that simply getting these observations from a network of citizen scientists will help climate researchers tackle some of the biggest challenges in the field. 

You can find out more about WeatheX and download it from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes website.

 

 

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