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Extratropical Cyclone over the United Kingdom

Extratropical Cyclone over the United Kingdom

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.

By |February 17, 2014|Natural phenomena|

Spiral of Plankton

Spiral of Plankton (2)

A plankton bloom acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, off the coast of Australia.

By |January 15, 2014|Natural phenomena|

Rare Middle Eastern Snow

Rare Middle Eastern Snow 1

A rare winter storm dropped snow across much of the Middle East between December 10 and 13, 2013. The image of the snow after the clouds cleared, on December 15, is from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this   Image © EOSDIS Worldview at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.

By |December 17, 2013|Natural phenomena|

The Coldest Place in the World

The Coldest Place in the World

What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 92 degrees Celsius (133.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on a clear winter night.   Watch the videos…

Pine Island Glacier Antarctica

Pine Island Glacier Antarctica

An iceberg, the size of Singapore, that was part of the Pine Island Glacier is now separating from the Antarctica continent, in this MODIS image taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Nov. 10, 2013. What appears to be a connection point on the top left portion of the iceberg is actually ice debris floating in the water. Image © NASA

A Swirl of Clouds over the Pacific

A Swirl of Clouds over the Pacific

This natural-color image of cloud vortices behind Isla Socorro, a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, on May 22, 2013.

Rare Clear View of Alaska

Rare Clear View of Alaska

A rare clear view of Alaska by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite, that most days, is covered by relentless rivers of clouds, obscuring most of the state’s 6,640 miles (10,690 kilometers) of coastline and 586,000 square miles (1,518,000 square kilometers) of land.   Image © NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC. Caption: Adam Voiland

Dust Plumes over the Mediterranean Sea

Dust Plumes over the Mediterranean Sea

Thick plumes dust plumes blew over the Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Libya and Egypt in early April 2013 and spanned the sea’s eastern shoreline the following day, reaching as far north as Turkey.

Vortex west of Australia

Vortex west of Australia

A low pressure system floating above the Southern Ocean, west of Australia, that looks like a painting! Captured on March 3 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra Satellite.   Image © NASA Worldview     [NASA]    Larger image    via discovermagazine

 

Beijing’s Record-Breaking Air Pollution

Beijing's Record-Breaking Air Pollution

Residents of Beijing and many other cities in China, facing a record-breaking air pollution, were warned to stay inside in mid-January 2013. It’s one of the worst periods of air quality in county’s recent history.   NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.

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