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The PING Project

The PING Project The PING Project

The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) needs YOUR help with a research project!

The Precipitation Identification Near the Ground project (PING) wants YOU to watch and report on precipitation type.

PING is looking for young... old, and in-between volunteers to make observations—teachers... classes and families too! They have collected tens of thousands of observations since 2006... already making PING successful because of the public's help.

PING volunteers can spend a little or a lot of time making observations. The basic idea is simple: NSSL will collect radar data from NEXRAD radars in your area during storm events and compare that data with YOUR observations.

Why? Because the radars cannot see close to the ground... we need YOU to tell us what is happening.

Are snowflakes fallin' on your head? Are you getting pinged by hail? Tell us where you are and what is hitting the ground. NSSL scientists will compare your report with what the radar has detected... and develop new radar technologies and techniques to determine what kind of precipitation—such as snow... soft hail... hard hail or rain—is falling where.

The report is easy! You can use the PING mobile app... or make your report from by clicking on either the "Report Hail" button (to report hail), or the "Report Winter Weather" button (for snow, sleet, or freezing rain and mixtures of these).

There is no commitment, and no minimum amount of reports.

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