Professor Bob Rauber and a group of University of Illinois graduate students are working on a NASA project called IMPACTS (Investigation of Microphysics and Precipitation for Atlantic Coast-Threatening Snowstorms). The project studies winter storms in an effort to better predict snowfall, specifically along the Atlantic Coast. Yesterday, students in Atmospheric Science launched a weather balloon as part of the project
Top image: A group of students are gathered in front of a large red brick building. There is snow falling. One is holding a megaphone, and three are getting ready to release a large white balloon. Photo from University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences Twitter.