NASA's newest satellite could help improve weather forecasts

Forecasting rain, snow, and major storms around the globe could soon improve.

A partnership between NASA and Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) created the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission and they're launching a new weather satellite.

It will join several other weather satellites already in orbit and it is designed to better understand Earth's water cycle by measuring precipitation.

Inside the satellite there is dual frequency radar and a radiometer.

These high tech gadgets will take 3-D images of precipitation around the globe. They will see through clouds and measure the size and number of raindrops.

This technology will also measure snow and send data back to Earth every three hours.

Scientists say this data will help improve climate and forecasting models. It will also help track storms even before they fully develop or intensify.

The satellite will be launched from Japan on February 27, 2014.

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