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A Tale of Two Extremes: Rainfall Across the US

07.31.2015
The United States has seen a tale of two extremes this year, with drenching rains in the eastern half of the country and persistent drought in the west.

NASA Goddard’s Technology Helps Fight Forest Pests

07.31.2015
Northeastern forests in the United States cover more than 165 million acres, an area almost as big as Texas.

Fires in Angola, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo

07.31.2015
Widespread agricultural burning continues throughout central Africa, and smoke and fires were detected by NASA's Aqua satellite.

Rocky Fire, California: July 30, 2015

07.31.2015
The Rocky Fire in Lake County, California, is generating enough smoke to be seen from space. The fire is located in Lower Lake, about 30 miles north of Santa Rosa.

California “Rain Debt” Equal to Average Full Year of Precipitation

07.30.2015
A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 -- the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year.

Guillermo (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

07.30.2015
As Tropical Depression 8E fades in the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Guillermo formed on its heels.

Soudelor (was 13W - Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

07.30.2015
Tropical Storm 13W formed today, July 30 in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean as NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead.

DSCOVR Sees Africa and Europe from a Million Miles Away

07.29.2015
Africa is front and center in this image of Earth taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite.

Komen (was 02B - Northern Indian Ocean)

07.29.2015
An area of low pressure has been lingering in the Bay of Bengal for days before it finally developed into a tropical storm.

Glacier Lake Outburst Flood near Almaty

07.29.2015
Residents of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, were reminded of the dangers of glacial lakes when a warm spell triggered a destructive glacial lake outburst flood along the Kargalinka River.

New Animation Shows Millions of Earth Observations for Forecasting

07.28.2015
More than 5 million observations accumulate every 6 hours to drive weather forecasts run by NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation.

Tropical Depression 8E (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

07.28.2015
The eighth tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season formed far from land on July 27, 2015.

Round of Testing Completed on Webb Telescope Flight Mirrors

07.28.2015
This July 11, 2015 photograph captures one of the final James Webb Space Telescope flight primary mirror segments to be processed through Goddard's Calibration, Integration and Alignment Facility.

Activity at Klyuchevskoy Volcano

07.27.2015
This photograph, taken by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station, highlights one of the most active volcanic regions on Earth: the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia.

The Ultimate Buddy System

07.24.2015
Where does a glaciologist find a best buddy? At scientific ice camp in Antarctica!

Fires on Australia's Melville Island

07.24.2015
Several fires were burning on Melville Island, located north of mainland Australia on July 20, 2015.

Fire in Southern Greece

07.24.2015
Smoke from a fire burning in the Lakonia area on the tip of Greece's southern Peloponnese peninsula was seen on July 17, 2015.

Siberian Smoke Drifts Across Russia to the Sea of Okhotsk

07.24.2015
The MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite captured this image of the smoke drifting eastward from the devastating Siberian fires that have broken out all over Eastern Russia.

Croatian Island Fires Causing Summer Havoc

07.24.2015
Firefighters in Croatia have been on high alert during this current fire season.

Reynolds Creek Fire, Montana

07.24.2015
The Reynolds Creek Fire was reported on Tuesday, July, 21, 2015 near Grizzly Point, approximately six miles east of Logan Pass.

Marine Plankton Brighten Clouds over Southern Ocean

07.24.2015
New research using NASA satellite data and ocean biology models suggests tiny organisms in vast stretches of the Southern Ocean play a significant role in generating brighter clouds overhead.

Hubble Looks in on a Galactic Nursery

07.24.2015
This dramatic image shows the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s view of dwarf galaxy known as NGC 1140, which lies 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus.

NASA Hosts 'Quest for Quakes' Data Challenge

07.24.2015
A new NASA challenge is looking for evidence to support a theory that electromagnetic pulses (EMP) may precede an earthquake, potentially offering a warning to those in the quake’s path.

NASA Researchers Find 'Frozen' Recipe for Extraterrestrial Vitamin

07.23.2015
Scientists find that vitamin B3, a precursor to a molecule needed for metabolism, could have been made on icy dust grains in space and later delivered to Earth by meteorites and comets.

Felicia (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

07.23.2015
Satellite sees the birth of Tropical Storm Felicia in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
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