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Cristina – Eastern Pacific Ocean

A low-pressure area strengthened quickly and became Tropical Storm Cristina in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and infrared imagery from NASA revealed the powerful thunderstorms fueling that intensification.

Edouard – Atlantic Ocean

The latest tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean formed one day ago and was already being battered by wind shear.

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP Sees Prescribed Burns Set in Western Australia

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of prescribed fires in Western Australia on July 06, 2020.

NASA's Terra Satellite Peers Down at New Mexico Fires

NASA's Terra satellite peered down from space to capture an image of the three fires visible in New Mexico on July 01, 2020. The fires pictured in this image are the Cub Fire, the Good Fire and the Vics Peak fire.

NASA's Aqua Satellite Shows Siberian Fires Filling Skies With Smoke

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Siberian fires criss-crossing the landscape and huge clouds of smoke obscuring large portions of the countryside.

A Dust Plume to Remember

While dust routinely blows across the Atlantic Ocean, scientists rarely see plumes as large and dense with particles as the one that darkened Caribbean skies in June 2020.

Johns Hopkins Glacier

While most glaciers in southeast Alaska are losing an astounding amount of ice, this glacier has been relatively stable.

NASA's Suomi NPP Satellite Focuses on Wood Springs 2 Fire in Arizona

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite used its VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument to capture this image of the Wood Springs 2 fire in Arizona on June 29, 2020.

04E – Eastern Pacific Ocean

Tropical Depression 4E formed late on June 29 and it is forecast to become a remnant low-pressure area by the end of the day on June 30.

NASA's Terra Satellite Captures Rock Path Fire in Utah

NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the Rock Path fire located 15 miles north of Milford, Utah on June 28, 2020.

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Satellite Analyzes Saharan Dust Aerosol Blanket

Dust storms from Africa’s Saharan Desert traveling across the Atlantic Ocean are nothing new, but the current dust storm has been quite expansive and NASA satellites have provided a look at the massive June plume.

Boris – Eastern Pacific Ocean

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with visible image of the Eastern Pacific Ocean’s second tropical storm of the season, Boris.

Both Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Experiencing High Numbers of Agricultural Fires

Fires have spread across the majority of the landscape in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Signs of Drought in European Groundwater

Long-term rainfall deficits, heat waves, and increased evaporation have depleted some of the groundwater supply beneath central and eastern Europe.

Heat and Fire Scorches Siberia

Fires are raging in eastern Siberia in the midst of an unusually long-lived heat wave.

NASA, Partner Space Agencies Amass Global View of COVID-19 Impacts

In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have joined forces to use the collective scientific power of their Earth-observing satellite data to document planet-wide changes in the environment and human society.

Volcanic Emissions Can Change Clouds

The volcanoes of the remote South Sandwich Islands make an ideal natural laboratory for studying how airborne particles alter clouds.

Dolly (was Subtropical Depression 4) – North Atlantic Ocean

During the morning of June 23, the fourth system in the Northern Atlantic Ocean was a subtropical depression. By the afternoon, the subtropical depression took on tropical characteristics and was renamed Dolly.

Fires Heating Up in Australia

This image was captured by the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite on June 23, 2020 and shows red points which designate areas that are higher in temperature than the surrounding earth.

Multiple Fires Stretch Across Arizona and New Mexico

NOAA/NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this wide image of many of the fires that are currently plaguing the states of Arizona and New Mexico.

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP Satellite Captures 63 Mile Smoke Trail From Bush Fire

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of the Bush Fire on June 22, 2020 showing clouds of smoke pouring off the Bush Fire that is plaguing Arizona.

Satellites Have Drastically Changed How We Forecast Hurricanes

This video looks at advances in hurricane forecasting, with a focus on the contributions from weather satellites.

NASA's Suomi NPP Satellite Sees Major Siberian Wildfires

On June 21, 2020, NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite using the VIIRS instrument (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) captured this natural-color image of fires that have broken out across the Siberian section of Russia

NASA Catches Satellite Image of Bush Fire in Arizona, Nation's Largest Fire At Present

NASA's Terra satellite captured this satellite image of the Bush Fire in Arizona on June 21, 2020 with the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiomater) instrument onboard.

Southeastern Australia Turns Green

After two years of severe drought, abundant rain finally fell over the Australian state and turned the landscape green.
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