Atlantic heat source for Hurricane Irene

Atlantic heat source for Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene rumbles through the Atlantic Ocean, it needs fuel to sustain itself. Warm water is the main fuel, and there is plenty of it right now, as there usually is this time of year. The map above shows sea surface temperatures (SST) in the Atlantic…

Dust and pollution rise before the monsoon

Dust and pollution rise before the monsoon

In the days and weeks before the monsoon, heat builds over India. Hot air rises over the baked earth and westerly winds rush in to fill the void, bringing dust-laden air from the deserts of southwest Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. Through April, May, and June, as

Irene spinning over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico seen with MODIS

Irene spinning over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico seen with MODIS

On August 22, 2011, Irene, the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, was spinning over the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, lashing the islands with wind and rain. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite

Eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano, Chile seen from space

Eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano, Chile seen from space

This true-color image of the ash cloud from the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano in Chile was captured on June 8 at 18:30 UTC (2:30 p.m. EDT) by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite. The plume has expanded to

Envisat view of Earth pt.1 (Video)

Envisat view of Earth pt.1 (Video)

Recently lost ENVISAT still shows no signs of “life”. While satellite observing community wait for some news lets take a look at breathtaking imagery of land and oceans by Envisat’s optical and radar instruments. The satellite is orbiting 497 miles above the