Turn a snow day into a science experiment

By March 3rd, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Comments (2)

Screenshot of the SnowTweets Website

Public Preview of Snowbird

Tired of winter? Are snowball fights, sledding, and snowmen just not cutting it anymore? I just might have the cure for those winter blues: SnowTweets, a new citizen science project that uses the popular micro-blogging service, Twitter, to gather snow depth measurements from all over the world.

Measuring snow is actually as easy as sticking a ruler into an undisturbed patch of snow. Tweet that measurement along with your location to the hashtag, #snowteets, and you’ll be helping to make satellite remote sensing estimates and numerical simulation models more accurate.

You can even see your data along with all other reported snow depth measurements using the Snowbird visualization tool. Snowbird shows where the reports are located and how much snow there is at each reported site.

Check out SnowTweets today before it’s too late (i.e. spring arrives!). If you’ve measured any snow depths, tell us about your experience by posting in your Science for Citizens Member Blog. Or you could even send us a tweet at @Sci4Cits.

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  1. I just love the innovative ways that people are turning technologies, such as Twitter, into educational devices. It really is so exciting to witness! Would have loved to have run across this one a couple weeks ago when all the snowstorms were happening like crazy!


    6 Mar 10 at 2:22 pm

  2. Good point, Kayla. I guess we should just wish for four blizzards next year. Wait, what am I saying?!

    John Ohab

    17 Mar 10 at 5:57 pm

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