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January 16, 2018

NASA Calculated Heavy Rainfall Leading to California Mudslides

NASA recorded the amount of rainfall between Jan. 8-10, 2018, and calculated the potential for landslides. At least 17 residents of southern California were killed by the deadly mudslides.

January 16, 2018

Rare Sahara Snow

On Jan. 8, 2018, the European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured rare snowfall in northwest Algeria, on the edge of the Sahara desert—only the third time in nearly 40 years that this part of the desert has seen snow.

December 18, 2017

Tracking Aerosols from California’s Fires

he new Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite captured the presence of elevated absorbing aerosols—caused by fires—in the atmosphere off the west coast of the United States on Dec. 12, 2017.

December 5, 2017

Sentinel-5P Sees Nitrogen Dioxide over Europe

Launched on Oct. 13, 2017, the European Space Agency (ESA) Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution.

December 5, 2017

‘Cloud Streets’ in the Sea of Okhotsk

Frigid air blowing from Eastern Russia created dramatic cloud formations over the Sea of Okhotsk on Nov. 25, 2017, with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite acquiring a true-color image of the stunning scene.

November 27, 2017

New Polar Satellite Will Improve Weather Forecasts

JPSS-1 will join the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite in the same polar orbit, also providing scientists with observations of atmospheric temperature and moisture, clouds, sea-surface temperature, ocean color, sea-ice cover, volcanic ash, and fire detection. On Nov. 18, 2017, the Joint Polar Satellite System-1, the first in a new series of four highly advanced NOAA polar-orbiting satellites, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

November 27, 2017

Antarctica’s Thurston Island

The European Space Agency (ESA) Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission provides “radar vision” over part of Antarctica’s third-largest island, Thurston Island, seeing through clouds and in the dark, making it a valuable tool for monitoring polar regions prone to bad weather and long periods of darkness.

November 20, 2017

Satellite Imagery Aids Rescue Efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Remotely sensed imagery was provided—at no cost and almost daily—through the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System (HDDS) for analysis on the extent, severity and evolution of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

November 20, 2017

Chile’s Salar de Atacama Salt Flat

The  Atacama Desert in northern Chile runs along part of South America’s central west coast and is considered one of the driest places on Earth.

November 13, 2017

USGS Releases Landsat Analysis Ready Data

Improvements to the quality and usability of Landsat satellite data have been made with the release of a new USGS product called Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD), which will help reduce the time needed to process and analyze data and imagery, a significant advantage to scientists studying landscape changes, including changes from wildfires, hurricanes, vegetation cover, drought and other events.

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