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NASA Measures Heavy U.S. Rainfall From Space

For close to two weeks the combination of a nearly stationary front and tropical moisture caused almost continuous precipitation over much of the Mid-Atlantic.

Kerry Meyer - Looking At Clouds From Both Sides Now

Kerry Meyer studies clouds by determining how aerosols and clouds interact, how the Earth’s atmosphere changes over time, and how clouds and oceans interact.

02S (Northern Indian Ocean)

Tropical Cyclone 02A formed about 655 nautical miles south of Masirah Island, Oman.

Sweltering, Smoky Fires in Siberia

Intense fires have been raging in far eastern Russia, spreading aerosols as far as North America.

Sagar (Indian Ocean)

Tropical Cyclone Sagar, formerly known as 01A, appeared more organized on satellite imagery and has strengthened since May 17.

Kilauea Continues to Erupt

Though the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has been erupting continuously since 1983, the eruption took a dangerous turn on May 3, 2018, when several new fissures emerged in a residential neighborhood.

NASA Satellites Reveal Major Shifts in Global Freshwater

In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists have combined an array of NASA satellite observations of Earth with data on human activities to map locations where freshwater is changing around the globe and to determine why.

April 2018 was Third Warmest April on Record

n spite of the low temperatures in parts of the United States last month, 2018 experienced globally the third warmest April in 138 years of modern record-keeping.

Flower Power in the Netherlands

Every year, seven million flower bulbs are planted in Keukenhof Garden in the Netherlands. The colorful floral spectrum can also be seen from space.

Probing Kilauea’s Plume

Lava is just one part of a volcanic eruption. Volcanoes also emit plumes of gases and particles from active vents.

Tiny Satellite's First Global Map of Ice Clouds

A tiny satellite captures the first global picture of ice clouds, the tiny frozen particles inside mid altitude clouds.

Tropical Cyclone 04W (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

Tropical Cyclone 4W developed in the Northwestern Pacific on May 12, 2018, and by May 14 the storm had dissipated.

When Land Ice Meets Sea Ice

IceBridge scientists photograph icebergs encased in broken sea ice.

A Seldom Seen South American Cyclone

An extremely rare cyclone formed in early May 2018 about 160 kilometers (100 miles) off the coast of Chile—an area that almost never sees tropical cyclones.

NASA Completes Survey Flights to Map Arctic Ice

Operation IceBridge, NASA’s longest-running airborne mission to monitor polar ice change, concluded this year’s springtime survey of Arctic sea and land ice on May 2.

Dramatic Flooding in Eastern Africa

Hundreds of thousands of people in eastern Africa have been affected by heavy rains and devastating floods in April and May, especially near the Shebelle and Jubba rivers.

TD 1-E (Eastern Pacific)

The GOES west satellite captured a look at the Eastern Pacific Ocean's first tropical cyclone of the season.

Spring Flooding Along the St. John River

n springtime, the combination of melting snow and heavy rainfall can lead to dangerous inland flooding in New Brunswick, a maritime province on the east coast of Canada.

Ash from Kilauea Eruption Viewed by NASA's MISR

On May 3, 2018, a new eruption began at a fissure of the Kilauea volcano on the Island of Hawaii. Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world, having erupted almost continuously since 1983.

Cloudy with a Chance of Chemistry

The most important question at the daily briefing for NASA’s Atmospheric Tomography, or ATom, mission is: What are we flying through next?

Spring Color in the North Sea

Warm air and sunlight also beget warmer ocean waters and provoke blooms of the “grass of the sea”—phytoplankton.

NASA Scientist to Discuss 'Mapping the Blue Marble: Using Space-Based Observations for Improved Global Water Security and Sustainability' at Library of Congress Lecture

The public is invited to a free talk called 'Mapping the Blue Marble: Using Space-Based Observations for Improved Global Water Security and Sustainability,' with Dr. John Bolten.

The Floating Islands of India

Loktak Lake is not only the largest freshwater lake in northeast India, it is also home to unique floating islands called “phumdis.“

NASA Satellite Images Show Fissures from Hawaii Volcano

The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii triggered a number of gas- and lava-oozing fissures in the East Riff Zone of the volcano.

Peter Pantina, Research Scientist, Sees Inside Clouds Around the World

Peter Pantina see inside clouds around the world.
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