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2019 Ozone Hole is the Smallest on Record Since Its Discovery

Abnormal weather patterns in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica dramatically limited ozone depletion in September and October, resulting in the smallest ozone hole observed since 1982, NASA and NOAA scientists reported today.

Priscilla – Eastern Pacific Ocean

Tropical Storm Priscilla was short-lived because it formed on Sunday, Oct. 20 very close to the coast of western Mexico and made landfall that same day.

Bualoi – Western Pacific Ocean

Typhoon Bualoi rapidly intensified over 24 hours and quickly developed an eye and powerful thunderstorms.

Prescribed Burns and the Eden Incident in Arizona Fire Line-Up

A trio of fires in Arizona on the grounds of or near the Coconino National Forest are of two types.

Octave – Eastern Pacific Ocean

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided infrared data that showed the development of Tropical Storm Octave in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Nestor – Atlantic Ocean

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided night-time and infrared views of developing Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico and found over-shooting cloud tops and gravity waves.

Neoguri – Northwestern Pacific Ocean

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with a visible image of Tropical Storm Neoguri that showed it had become more organized.

Two Decades of Rain, Snowfall from NASA’s Precipitation Missions

GPM and TRMM have created a 20-year data record of daily global precipitation, giving scientists an unprecedented look at events ranging from daily patterns, to disasters, to long-term trends over large areas.

Long-lasting Colorado Decker Fire Continues to Burn

The long-lasting Decker fire which began on Sep. 08, 2019, is still continuing to burn on Oct. 16, 2019, in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness of Colorado.

TD15 – Atlantic Ocean

NASA’s Terra satellite catches the end of Atlantic Tropical Depression 15.

17E – Eastern Pacific Ocean

NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite caught the last burst before the demise of Tropical Depression 17E.

Ema – Central Pacific Ocean

Tropical Storm Ema had a very short life, but NASA’s Terra satellite caught a glimpse of the storm before it dissipated in the Central Pacific Ocean.

Large Smoke Plume From California’s Eldorado National Forest Fire

A fire in the Eldorado National Forest generated a large plume of smoke that stretched from southwest of Lake Tahoe to over 100 miles west, reaching Sacramento, California.

Melissa – Northern Atlantic

Satellite data has confirmed the formation of Subtropical Storm Melissa. NASA’s Terra Satellite provided a visible image the former Nor’easter turned subtropical storm off the coast of New England.

Smoke and Fires in Australia’s Lamington National Park, Gondwana Rainforests

Fires burning in southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales on Oct. 9, 2019, were generating a lot of smoke that was visible by satellite.

Assateague on the Move

Assateague, Chincoteague, and Wallops provide a rare example of overlapping barrier islands. All of them are constantly in motion.

Douglas Morton: Monitoring the Earth for a Brighter Future

Douglas Morton, chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, uses satellite data to track how ecosystems are changing over time.

Terra Mission Team, Land Cover Scientist Honored

The team behind one of NASA’s most productive Earth-observing satellite missions and a leading scientist who has studied the impact of humans on global land cover changes have been honored...

Unusual Monsoon Season Causes Flooding in India

2019 has brought exceptional rain to some areas, and the monsoon is retreating later than any season in recent memory.

Hagibis – Western Pacific Ocean

Super typhoon Hagibis formed quickly over the weekend of Oct. 5 and 6.

Rifting and Calving on the Amery Ice Shelf

The ice shelf in East Antarctica has spawned its first major iceberg in more than half a century.

Lorenzo Approaches Ireland

Though it has weakened since reaching category 5 strength, the hurricane is still bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the northeast Atlantic.

Laser Precision: NASA Flights, Satellite Align Over Sea Ice

IceBridge timed flights to coincide exactly with ICESat-2 orbiting over moving Arctic sea ice - a tricky feat that paid off in demonstrating the precision of the new satellite.

NASA’s Space Geodesy Project Mapping Out a Bright Future

By investing in smaller, faster radio telescopes, more automation and access to multiple tools, the Next Generation Space Geodesy Project will make maps, charts, flight paths and orbits more precise than ever before.

Narda – Eastern Pacific

NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm Narda along Mexico’s west coast in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
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