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OLYMPEX Scientists in the Field: Joe Zagrodnik

Joe Zagrodnik is a student at the University of Washington who is working with NASA scientists to measure the properties of rain and snow in the Olympic National Park.

From November 10 through December 21, NASA and university scientists are taking to the field to study wet winter weather near Seattle, Washington. With weather radars, weather balloons, specialized ground instruments, and NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory, the science team will be verifying rain and snowfall observations made by the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite mission on a NASA-led field campaign, The Olympic Mountain Experiment, or OLYMPEX.

“The challenge really is just to keep everything running as this weather just continues to come one storm after another. It’s hard to get a break but it keeps it exciting,” said student Joe Zagrodnik at University of Washington, Seattle.

Photo credits: Mark Harris, Joe Zagrodnik, and Bill Baccus

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