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Cloud Working Group

Welcome to the NASA Langley CERES Clouds Working Group Home Page
(CERES Clouds Working Group Chair: Dr. William L. Smith Jr.)

Welcome to the NASA Langley CERES Clouds Working Group Home Page
(CERES Clouds Working Group Chair: Dr. William L. Smith Jr.)

Clouds Working Group Objective

With the NASA strategic objective to advance knowledge of Earth, the NASA Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) Project was designed to improve our understanding of the relationship between clouds and solar and longwave radiation. Understanding the relationship requires determination of the cloud distribution and radiation budget, as well as the associated cloud microphysical and macrophysical properties. This website provides the results of the algorithms used by CERES to retrieve cloud properties for various CERES data processing editions.

For more information about the project, please visit the CERES website.

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NASA Fact

At any given moment, there are 1,800 thunderstorms happening somewhere on Earth. This amounts to 16 million storms each year! We know the cloud conditions that produce lightning, but we cannot forecast the location or time of a lightning strike.