brenton lanteigne

St. Peter students help NASA scientists via data collection program

St. Peter School students Danny Schneider, Katie Kruse and Brenton Lanteigne took notes as they observed clouds as part of the NASA GLOBE Project. The students charted clouds on an overcast day and found no contrails, but a sky filled with high cirrostratus, altostratus and low stratus with nimbostratus (rain-filled) encroaching on their position.

Jack Schellingerhout and Shane McKelvey craned their necks as they observed a tapestry of clouds.

The St. Peter School eighth- graders referred to their worksheet to determine what they were seeing. The large grey blanket hanging low in the sky consisted of stratus clouds, they agreed. A debate ensued: were they nimbostratus — the rain-producing type?

At that moment, a smattering of fat raindrops hit the pavement.

"Wetness!" shouted one student.

"It's definitely nimbostratus," science teacher Travis Coleman said. "OK let's go in."

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