CycloneCenter Participation for February 2015

Welcome to March. With another month under our belt and another milestone reached, CycloneCenter had a really good month.

Sea-breeze storms over Florida and Cuba

Sea-breeze storms over Florida and Cuba

This month we had  nearly 10,000 classifications and surpassed 400,000 for the project so far!

This month also saw Atms345_KJD replace mcrisalli1 on the Bretarn Board  (which tracks total contributions from each scientist). Atms345_KJD now has 2561 classifications and is 13th all time.

For January 2015, we had 9985 classifications of 682 storms from 402 citizen scientists (with 57 returning scientists and 345 new this month).

This month’s storm image is from a talk post from cch001. It shows an interesting situation over the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean where most of the land areas are covered with deep convection (which are really tall clouds). I spent the summer of 1992 (a year after this photo) in Miami doing some programming for the University of Miami. As a young guy from Maine, I was introduced to the most lightning I had ever experienced.  The sea breeze storms rolled in the same time each day with massive lightning and heavy rain. Sea breeze storms are caused by air over land heating up faster than the surrounding ocean. This causes the land areas to have lots of rain and clouds while the surrounding seas are clear and calm. You can learn more about sea breezes at this NOAA site.

When classifying, ask questions and make comments on our Talk page to learn more about weather and hurricanes.

Thank you to all for making a great success! Keep making classifications.

Top 10 most active citizen scientists for January 2015.

Classifications Scientist
2569 baha23
783 Kazesim
578 ewright1
575 Atms345_KJD
513 CatVaughan
510 jcrick
286 JoannaKK
203 IronWhale
203 HurricaneTracker
197 cch001

The Bretarn Board: Most active citizen scientists overall.

Classifications Scientist
29,681 baha23
24,378 bretarn
11,376 shocko61
10,907 peterthorne
6536 skl6284
6484 cch001
5372 astroboyOW
4719 Stephen Morley
4569 tdw1203
4034 chrisotahal
3194 velthove
3172 tpatch
2561 Atms345_KJD

Baja Award: Most active citizen scientists each month.

Month Number User
Sep 2012 658 atomic7732
Oct 2012 3667 chrisotahal
Nov 2012 3276 bretarn
Dec 2012 2747 bretarn
Jan 2013 2555 shocko61
Feb 2013 1714 shocko61
Mar 2013 1998 bretarn
Apr 2013 1474 ATMS103LGB
May 2013 1451 astroboyOW
Jun 2013 1084 bretarn
Jul 2013 976 Geeklette
Aug 2013 1051 skl6284
Sep 2013 431 tdw1203
Oct 2013 2733 baha23
Nov 2013 3737 baha23
Dec 2013 500 Atms345_ssc
Jan 2014 3064 baha23
Feb 2014 3455 baha23
Mar 2014 4610 baha23
Apr 2014 611 peterthorne
May 2014 303 bretarn
Jun 2014 959 mcrisalli1
Jul 2014 1214 mcrisalli1
Aug 2014 1008 peterthorne
Sep 2014 1163 peterthorne
Oct 2014 4665 Stephen Morley
Nov 2014 933 peterthorne
Dec 2014 942 volunteerguy
Jan 2015 578 skl6284
Feb 2015 783 Kazesim


Keep coming back to site as we approach half a million classifications.

About K Knapp

I am a meteorologist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. My research interests include using satellite data to observe hurricanes, clouds, and other climate variables. *******Disclaimer******* The opinions expressed in these blogs are mine only. They do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of NOAA, Department of Commerce, or the US Government.

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