Flying with turbulence is terrifying enough, but intentionally flying into a winter storm is indescribable. Scientists, however, know the importance of collecting data and sharing the knowledge for a better tomorrow. NPR shares their work.
High up in some ice-filled clouds, sitting inside an airplane loaded with science instruments, Christian Nairy looked at pictures flashing on his computer screen. This high-altitude slideshow is displaying real-time images of cloud particles being sampled by a device out on the plane’s wing — and some of the ice crystals looked like perfect little snowflakes.
“They’re amazing to look at. Especially when they pop up right in front of you on the screen, it’s remarkable,” said Nairy, a Ph.D. student at the University of North Dakota.
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