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From drought to deluge, preparing for weeks of Katrina-style flooding

California has spectacularly emerged from one of its driest periods on record and ended its five-year drought by enduring one of its wettest periods on record. Its reservoirs, lakes, and mountainsides are now brimming with water and snow, though scientists caution...

April 21, 2017

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Coming soon: daily, high-definition views of Earth at night

Scientists are on the verge of providing daily, high-definition views of Earth at night. The announcement was made today during official release of the new, global composite map of night lights as observed in 2016, the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of...

April 12, 2017

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First imagery from next-generation FY-4A geostationary satellite

China has released the first imagery from Fengyun-4A, the first of their second generation of Geostationary Meteorological Satellites. The satellite will support forecasts and warnings, numerical weather prediction, wildfire and space weather monitoring and more. It...

March 04, 2017

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Submarine eruption detected near Tonga

A new submarine eruption is taking place about 30 km (18.6 miles) north of Tonga's main island Tongatapu. It seems to have started on January 23, 2017. According to GeoNet, this volcano has been called 'Submarine Volcano III' in historic reports....

January 31, 2017

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New age of weather satellites: GOES-16 sends first images

GOES-16, previously known as GOES-R, NOAA's newest weather satellite, has finally sent its first images. The release of the first images today is the latest step in a new age of weather satellites. It will be like high-definition from the heavens, NOAA says....

January 23, 2017

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Chile wildfires prompt state of emergency

Fueled by strong winds and a heat wave, dozens of wildfires are burning in central and southern Chile, threatening towns, factories and vineyards. Four firefighters have lost their lives since December 28. Chile has declared a state of emergency on Friday, January...

January 21, 2017

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Severe flooding hits Philippines, at least 7 dead

A low pressure area has dumped heavy rain on Mindanao over the past couple of days and caused severe flooding in which at least 7 people lost their lives on January 17, 2017. One person is still missing as of 22:01 local time today. Misamis Oriental governor said...

January 17, 2017

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Wildfires in Argentina consume over 1 million hectares

Massive wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina which started mid-December 2016 have burned over 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of country's famous pampas by January 5, 2017. Severe drought during the winter and spring of 2016 in northeastern...

January 07, 2017

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Heavy rainfall over the southeastern US measured from space

Using satellite data obtained by NASA/JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM, NASA has analyzed the rainfall from severe and deadly weather outbreak in the southeastern United States over the past couple of days. On Monday evening, January 2, 2017,...

January 03, 2017

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Deep cyclone packing strong winds approaching Iceland

A deep cyclone is currently on the way to Iceland and is expected to impact the country with intense winds by late evening, December 15, 2016 (local time). Satellite images reveal a deep cyclone with central pressure estimated at 964 hPa, currently situated over...

December 15, 2016

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Interactively explorable Earth's topographic changes since 1984

In a global, zoomable and interactively explorable timelapse, Google's Earth Engine has finally made available over 5 million satellite images acquired over the past three decades by 5 different satellites. You can search, pan, or zoom around to begin exploring...

November 29, 2016

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Severe wildfires spreading across the Southeast US

Persistent drought conditions in the Southeast US have caused wildfires across the states. Numerous people were forced to evacuate their homes throughout the affected regions. Kentucky and Tennessee reported the highest wildfire numbers. According to the national...

November 15, 2016

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Russian metal giant fined for turning river red with pollution

Norilsk Nickel from Russia, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium, was fined over a spillage near the Nadhezda metallurgical factory. The spillage occurred in early September 2016 and turned the Daldykan river red. After the images showing the...

November 02, 2016

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Huge toxic plume spreading through the Middle East

A fire at a sulfur mine and processing facility near Mosul, Iraq is emitting tremendous quantities of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere for the sixth day in a row. If this fire was a volcano, it would already be among the largest eruptions of 2016. NASA’s...

October 26, 2016

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Two mysterious avalanches reported in Tibet

A massive avalanche of unknown cause was reported in the Aru Range of Tibet in July 2016. The avalanche sent glacial ice and rock tumbling down the valley, and nine people got killed on the occasion. A second such avalanche happened again in September, only a few...

October 21, 2016

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790 wildfires reported in Europe this year

790 wildfires were reported in Europe, in the period between April 1 and October 12, 2016, according to the European Firenews service. Several countries, such as Italy or France, suffered major fires that caused massive devastation of the green surface while others...

October 19, 2016

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Record-setting rainfall and flooding in southern Louisiana calculated with satellite data

An extremely severe rainfall event hit the states of Louisiana and southern Mississippi between August 8 and 15, 2016, when a very slow moving low pressure system continuously pulled tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. This record-setting rainfall and...

August 15, 2016