Gail Skofronick Jackson

NASA/GSFC - Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory

Falling snow is vital for the balance of the Earth’s global system.  In this engaging seminar learn how Gail, a Floridian that grew up in the presence of hurricanes, became an international expert in detecting falling snow from spaceborne instruments.  Explore the complicated processes of snowflakes and Gail’s excitement as she follows the trail and evidence of falling snow through field campaigns, aircraft flights, modeling, and satellite observations, including the upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. Using paper snowflakes and audience participation, she will explain why snow is important on Earth and why scientists love and hate snow.