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Tracking Smoke From Fires to Improve Air Quality Forecasting

07.22.2019
NASA and NOAA kicked off a months-long airborne investigation into the life cycles of smoke from fires in the United States for improved forecasting and for better understanding their impact on weather and climate.

Barbara (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

07.01.2019
Tropical Storm Barbara formed on Sunday, June 30 in the Eastern Pacific Ocean over 800 miles from the coast of western Mexico.

NASA Scientist to Discuss “Hurricane Hunting NASA Style” at Library of Congress Lecture

06.06.2019
The public is invited to a free lecture called ‘Hurricane Hunting NASA Style on June 13

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Celebrates 60 Years

04.29.2019
On May 1, 1959, the Beltsville Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was renamed NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in honor of Robert H. Goddard, widely considered the father of modern rocketry. Thus began a 60-year boom in science and technological innovation.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Social Media, Public Events

04.18.2019
This Earth Day, April 22, NASA invites you to celebrate our beautiful home planet by participating in a global social media event and local events around the country.

Picture Earth for Earth Day 2019

04.12.2019
For Earth Day 2019, NASA invites you to celebrate the planet we call home with our #PictureEarth social media event.

NASA Sees El Niño Conditions Prevail in the Central Pacific Ocean

04.11.2019
An El Niño that began to form last fall has matured and is now fully entrenched across the Pacific Ocean. Changes in sea surface temperatures (SSTs) brought about by an El Niño affect the atmosphere, resulting in distinctive changes in the rainfall pattern across the Pacific Basin. These changes show up as anomalies or deviations in NASA’s analysis

NASA Invites Media to 57th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium

03.15.2019
Media are invited to the 57th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium on March 20-21.

On its 5th Anniversary, GPM Still Right as Rain

02.27.2019
Five years ago, on Feb. 27, 2014, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint satellite project by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), lifted off aboard a Japanese H-IIA rocket.

New NASA Book Shares Beauty of Earth from Space

02.20.2019
NASA’s new 168-page book “Earth,” a collection of dramatic images captured by Earth-observing satellites, is available now in hardcover and ebook, and online with interactive features.

Ian Adams Looks at Clouds From Both Sides

12.18.2018
Ian Adams looks at clouds from both sides.

Kenanga (Southern Indian Ocean)

12.17.2018
NASA’s GPM core observatory satellite and NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean and captured rainfall and temperature data on Tropical Cyclone Kenanga.

NASA's IMERG Measures Heavy Rainfall in California Wildfire Areas

12.04.2018
Heavy precipitation recently fell in areas of California that were recently devastated by deadly wildfires such as the Camp Fire and the Woolsey fire.

Owen (Southern Pacific Ocean)

12.03.2018
Tropical Cyclone Owen formed in the Southern Pacific Ocean’s Coral Sea southwest of the Solomon Islands when the GPM core observatory satellite passed above and analyzed its rainfall.

Man-yi (Northwestern Pacific Ocean )

11.20.2018
Tropical depression Man-yi formed in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and NASA captured an image of the storm.

33W (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

11.19.2018
The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite is providing data on rain rates within Tropical Cyclone 33W as it moves over the Philippines on Nov. 19.

Italy's Extreme Rainfall Examined by NASA's IMERG

11.05.2018
Last week a strong low-pressure system moving through southern Europe battered, drenched and flooded Italy.

NASA Brings its Science and Supercomputing Advances to SC18

11.05.2018
From designing rocket launch pad components and safer rotorcraft to improving flood and drought forecasts to modeling the formation of planetary disks, NASA will highlight supercomputing advances at SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, Nov. 12 to 15 in Dallas.

Yutu (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

10.22.2018
NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Yutu as warnings were posted.

Willa (Eastern Pacific Ocean)

10.22.2018
Hurricane Willa is a major hurricane threatening western Mexico.

Update: Michael (Gulf of Mexico) 2018

10.10.2018
NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite obtained an infrared view of Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico on Oct. 10 at 0732 UTC (2:32 a.m. CDT). At the time, Michael was a Category 4 hurricane.

An Outflow Boundary—Not a Jellyfish—Over Africa

10.06.2018
The peculiar curved shape of this cloud over Mali is the product of a phenomenon associated with thunderstorms.

Dive Into a 360-View of Hurricane Maria

10.04.2018
This 3-D visualization of Hurricane Maria reveals the processes inside the 2017 storm that would fuel its intensification from a category 1 to 5 storm within 24 hours.

Walaka (Central Pacific Ocean)

10.01.2018
Walaka formed southwest of the Hawaiian Islands on Saturday, Sept. 29. At 5 p.m. HST on Sunday, Sept. 30, Walaka strengthened to a hurricane.

Trami (South Pacific Ocean) 2018

09.21.2018
NASA’s Terra satellite provided an infrared look at Tropical Storm Trami, located just over 100 miles from Guam on Sept. 21.
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