Nicola Jones

New Satellite Will Help Scientists Gauge Global Rainfall as the Earth Warms

Climate scientists trying to figure out how fast the world is warming have a hard task on their hands. But, says meteorologist Brian Soden at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science, rainfall presents an even tougher nut to crack. "You can be driving down the highway and at one stoplight you’re in sunshine and at the next you’re at a downpour," he sighs. "Temperature isn’t like that."

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