|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.
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.