Archive | May 2014

Eyes on Cyclone Center

With 15,000+ citizen scientists contributing to, we have more than thirty thousand eyes searching through satellite data.

So far, everyone has provided input on almost 50,000 images. As we begin to sift through all the responses, one task is to determine the storm type (eye, shear, embedded center or curved band) of each image from all the responses.

The eye images seem to make up about 8% of our images so far. The image below is a collection of some of the images identified as eye scenes by the citizen scientists. This is only a small portion of what we have, but it shows great progress.

Images identified as Eye scenes by citizen scientists.

Images identified as Eye scenes by citizen scientists.

This contains only 391 of the ~4500 eye images identified. So, 30,000 human eyes have found 4500 storm eyes.

CycloneCenter Participation for April 2014

This month, we are naming the monthly award for the top classifier as the “Baja award” in honor of our consistent participant baha23 and retiring the name in recognition of the consistent contribution to the project from the monthly stat board (so that others can also be recognized for their effort). Likewise, the overall project activity list is now the “Bretarn board” in honor of our longtime contributor, bretarn (who also was our 300,000th classification).

Question of the Month: What is the best time to classify storms? Do you classify during your downtime? Answer in the comments below.

For March 2014, we had 7,964 classifications of 364 storms from 254 citizen scientists.

Top 10 most active citizen scientists for April 2014.

Classifications Scientist
3386 baha23
611 peterthorne
576 bretarn
483 Atms345_kdg
464 skl6284
228 tdw1203
180 TheNerd
141 shocko61
131 WIDEnet
79 andrewlania

Baja Award: Most active citizen scientists each month.

Month Number User
Sep 2012 658 atomic7732
Oct 2012 3667 chrisotahal
Nov 2012 3276 bretarn
Dec 2012 2747 bretarn
Jan 2013 2555 shocko61
Feb 2013 1714 shocko61
Mar 2013 1998 bretarn
Apr 2013 1474 ATMS103LGB
May 2013 1451 astroboyOW
Jun 2013 1084 bretarn
Jul 2013 976 Geeklette
Aug 2013 1051 skl6284
Sep 2013 431 tdw1203
Oct 2013 2733 baha23
Nov 2013 3737 baha23
Dec 2013 500 Atms345_ssc
Jan 2014 3064 baha23
Feb 2014 3455 baha23
Mar 2014 4610 baha23
Apr 2014 611 peterthorne

The Bretarn Board: Most active citizen scientists overall.

Classifications Scientist
22,582 bretarn
21,907 baha23
10,690 shocko61
5006 astroboyOW
4544 peterthorne
3988 chrisotahal
3471 cch001
3172 tpatch
3030 skl6284
2711 velthove


Did you notice that peterthorne moved up a spot on the all time list. It turns out that work travel is a great time to classify storms. So why not use Airport wifi to classify storms while waiting in the airport??

Also, what do you think of the Baja award?