Tropical Cyclone Cristina was churning over the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico, on June 12, 2014, when Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, acquired this image.
Springtime brings increased sunlight, bursts of nutrients, and changing water conditions to the Gulf of Alaska. The combination promotes massive blooms of phytoplankton—microscopic, plant-like organisms that turn sunlight into food and then become fodder for some of the richest fisheries on the planet.
Soggy winters are not unusual in the United Kingdom, but this winter has been in a category of its own. UK Met Office meteorologists had just declared January 2014 the wettest month on record for parts of southern Britain when another series of storms swept across the area in early February.
A plankton bloom acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, off the coast of Australia.