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Severe Flooding Hits Central Texas, Oklahoma

A stagnant upper-air pattern that spread numerous storms and heavy rains from central Texas up into Oklahoma has resulted in record flooding for parts of the Lone Star State.

NASA Scientist Inspired to Create Hack at Washington D.C.’s First Science Hack Day

A hack transforms something to serve a new purpose, and sometimes simultaneously solves a tricky problem.

Human Caused Fires Burn in Northwest Territories in Canada

Summer weather brings warm, sultry days, but it also brings summer storms and lightning, which is one of the natural ways that fires begin. The other culprit for starting fires is humans.

Dynamic Spring Weather in North Atlantic Waters

Physical oceanographers will sometimes point out that the ocean has weather and seasons, much like the atmosphere.

Andres (was 01E - Eastern Pacific)

The first tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season formed during the early morning of Thursday, May 28, 2015, well southwest of Mexico.

Large Hubble Survey Confirms Link between Mergers and Supermassive Black Holes with Relativistic Jets

Astronomers using Hubble found an unambiguous link between the presence of supermassive black holes that power high-speed, radio-signal-emitting jets and the merger history of their host galaxies.

Flooding in Arkansas and Oklahoma

Severe storms slammed the Great Plains this past week and the Arkansas River was another victim.

Agricultural Fires Light Up Angola

There seem to be more fires than land in this Aqua satellite image of Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Bushfires Abound in Northwestern Australia

Bushfires take over the landscape in the Northwest Territories and the north of Western Australia.

Baked Alaska

In the third week of May, it was warmer in Fairbanks, Alaska, than in Washington, D.C.

Hubble Video Shows Shock Collision inside Black Hole Jet

When you’re blasting though space at more than 98 percent of the speed of light, you may need driver’s insurance.

Prescribed Fires in National Forests of Wisconsin

NASA's Aqua satellite captures two prescribed fires burning in the state of Wisconsin.

NASA Scientist to Discuss Solving the Global Ozone Crisis at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called “How Science and Policy Solved the Global Ozone Crisis” with Dr. Paul Newman at the Library of Congress on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Drenching the South and Plains

Much of the high plains and south central regions of the continental United States have been unusually dry for some time. This April and May the weather fortunes of some states took an extreme turn...

Fires Near Lake Baikal in Siberia

Thawed permafrost is a perfect fuel of "peat-like organic matter" that burns like dry grass in Siberia.

Hubble Revisits Tangled NGC 6240

Not all galaxies are neatly shaped, as this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 6240 clearly demonstrates.

Wildfires Beginning Early in Saskatchewan

This fire began on May 20, 2015 according to the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System.

NOAA's GOES-R Satellite Begins Environmental Testing

The GOES-R satellite, slated to launch in 2016, is ready for environmental testing.

Agricultural Fires in Angola, West Africa

NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image which detected dozens of fires burning in southwestern Africa on May 21, 2015.

Hubble Observes One-of-a-Kind Star Nicknamed ‘Nasty’

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy.

NASA Spacecraft Capture Rare, Early Moments of Baby Supernovae

Astronomers are going gaga over newborn supernova measurements taken by NASA’s Kepler and Swift spacecraft.

NASA's Webb 'Strutting its Stuff' in New 'Behind the Webb' Video

The newest video in the "Behind the Webb" series, called "Strutting its Stuff," provides a look at three “struts” or poles that fold and unfold the secondary mirror on the James Webb Space Telescope.

The Advance of Hubbard Glacier

Landsat 8, shows Hubbard Glacier on July 22, 2014.

NASA Soil Moisture Mission Begins Science Operations

NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.

NASA Looks at Mount St. Helens at 35

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens gave way to a cataclysmic flank collapse, avalanche, and explosion that killed 57 people and displaced many others.
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