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Mountains in the Sky

f you were standing outside in the Mid-Atlantic region on April 17, 2018, and looked up in the afternoon, you may have noticed long, linear rows of clouds overhead.

Satellite Imagery Sheds Light on Agricultural Water Use

Earth may be the “Blue Planet,” with more than 70 percent of its surface covered in water, but it is still a thirsty planet, with freshwater in heavy demand.

Curious Circles in Arctic Sea Ice

NASA’s Operation IceBridge—the airborne mission flown annually over both polar regions—is now in its tenth year making flights over the Arctic. That’s a lot of flight hours spent mapping the region.

Northern Parts of Australia See Combo of Bush and Prescribed Fires

A combination of both bushfires and prescribed fires dot the landscape in the Northern and Western Territories of Australia in this Suomi NPP satellite image from April 17, 2018.

Prescribed Fires Light Up Tasmania

The Tasmania Fire Service webpage shows that all fires captured in this Aqua image from April 20, 2018 are, in fact, fires deliberately set for land management.

Oklahoma's Rhea Fire Shows No Sign of Slowing Down

The Rhea Fire, located 1/2 mile west of Rhea, Oklahoma, began on April 12, 2018. Its cause is currently unknown.

NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

Lagoon Nebula (Visible-light View)

Hubble gives us a window seat to the universe’s extraordinary stellar tapestry of birth and destruction.

Two Hubble Views of the Same Stellar Nursery

Two Hubble images compare two diverse views of the roiling heart of a vast stellar nursery, known as the Lagoon Nebula.

NASA GPM Data Used to Evaluate Hawaii's Flooding Rainfall

A weather system moving slowly westward through the northwestern Hawaiian Islands has caused destructive flooding and mudslides and NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite analyzed the heavy rainfall.

Where is the Universe's Missing Matter?

Astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory have probed the gas-filled haloes around galaxies in a quest to find ‘missing’ matter thought to reside there, but have come up empty-handed.

John Yorks Has a CATS Eye on Clouds

I am an atmospheric scientist working with mesoscale atmospheric processes which, in my case, means studying clouds and tiny particles in the atmosphere called aerosols using laser instrumentation.

NASA's GPM Catches Line of Strong Storms Responsible for Tornadoes in Eastern U.S.

On Sunday April 15th, a line of strong storms at one point stretched from the Florida Straits below the Florida Keys all the way up the East Coast and into Ohio.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with #NASA4Earth Tools, Events

This Earth Day, NASA invites you to create your own shareable views of our home planet, help combat mosquito-transmitted diseases, and watch our fleet of Earth-observing spacecraft as they circle the globe.

Explore Earth Your Way with Worldview

NASA’s Worldview app lets you explore Earth as it looks right now or as it looked almost 20 years ago.

A Costly Drought in Argentina

Crops have withered and ranchers are culling herds after an unusually dry growing season in a country that is among the world’s top producers of soybeans and corn.

March 2018 was One of Six Warmest Marches on Record

March 2018 was +0.89 °C warmer than the average March of the 1951-1980 period.

Fires in Oklahoma Continue to Burn Hot

According to Inciweb: "The Rhea Fire started on Thursday April 12, 2018. It is located in Dewey County, northeast of Leedey Oklahoma.

Tendril of Ice in the Weddell Sea

Images from the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula show a curious phenomenon: what looks like a tendril of sea ice snaking away from the ice pack in the Weddell Sea.

Fires Rage in Oklahoma

Persistent drought, high temperatures, and strong winds have come together to produce what forecasters are calling “historic fire danger” in western Oklahoma.

Hubble Catches a Colossal Cluster

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a massive galaxy cluster glowing brightly in the darkness.

NASA's World Tour of the Atmosphere Reveals Surprises Along the Way

The airborne Atmospheric Tomography world-wide survey has gotten an up close look at Earth's atmosphere.

NASA Mapping Hurricane Damage to Everglades, Puerto Rico Forests

Last spring, NASA researchers flew over the Everglades and Puerto Rico to measure how mangroves and rainforests grow and evolve over time. Five months later, hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through...

A Wet Weekend for Northern California

A weekend of wet weather has swamped northern California with heavy, record–breaking rains.

Oklahoma Sees Spate of Fires Including the Shaw Fire

According to the Oklahoma Forestry Service (OFS) there are at least 23 fires burning across the state which began due to extreme fire weather ongoing in the area.
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