Category: Weather

Tracking Snow: The Cryosphere in an Era of Climate Change

Matthew Sturm. Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A new generation of weather satellites is helping researchers gain insights into the complex relationship between the cryosphere – the planet’s cold regions – and the climate. With drinking water supplies dwindling around the world, understanding the cryosphere is becoming a front-burner issue.

Major winter storm poised to wallop U.S. Mid-Atlantic

winter torm
Originally Published by EarthSky – A major winter storm is poised to wallop the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states bring large amounts of snow to cities including Baltimore, Md., Washington, D.C. area on March 2 and 3, according to NOAA’s National Weather Service. NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this image on March 2, 2014 of the clouds associated with the winter storm as it continued moving east toward those cities.

Successful GPM Launch Marks New Era in Earth Observation

A Japanese H-IIA rocket carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Center on Feb. 27, 2014. Image Credit: NASA TV.
A joint mission between NASA and Japan’s space agency, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, will for the first time provide near real-time information about rain and snow around the globe.

How do snowflakes get their shape?

snowflake thumb
Originally Published by EarthSky – The shape of snowflakes is influenced by the temperature and humidity of the atmosphere. Snowflakes form in the atmosphere when cold water droplets freeze onto dust particles. Depending on the temperature and humidity of the air where the snowflakes form, the resulting ice crystals will grow into a myriad of different shapes.

Amplified Fire Occurrences in Response to Drought and Vegetation Stress in the Western Ghats of India

Location of the study area in India.

This study demonstrates the importance of the intensity and severity of drought in contributing to anomalous fire events, an important driver of global fire regimes. While spatial and temporal analysis of fires’ response to droughts indicates the vulnerability of all land cover types, the primary wet evergreen and secondary moist deciduous forests are particularly at risk.

Proba-2: Eye-to-eye with Typhoon Soulik

Proba-2 X-Cam. Credit: ESA. Originally published by ESA – The swirling eye of Typhoon Soulik as it approached Taiwan last Friday is caught by a tiny espresso cup-sized camera on one of ESA’s smallest satellites, Proba-2.

Typhoon Soulik approaching China

Typhoon Soulik. Credit: NASA. Originally published by EarthSky – Typhoon Soulik is hitting parts of Taiwan today. It’ll continue to push northwest and affect parts of China’s provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang on Saturday.

Typhoon Soulik

Typhoon Soulik. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory. Originally published by NASA Earth Observatory – The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of Typhoon Soulik over the western Pacific Ocean on July 9, 2013.

Global Hawks: Unmanned Aircraft in Hurricane Science

NASA’s Global Hawks on the ramp at Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base. Credit: NASA/Tony Landis.
Global Hawks. Credit: NASA - Tony Landis.NASA’s twin Global Hawk aircraft will fly a pair of instrument payloads as part of a hurricane science mission during the next two years, adding to a successful record in Earth observation.

NASA’s 2013 HS3 hurricane mission to delve into Saharan dust

Dust plume. Credit: Jeff Schmaltz (NASA).Originally published by Science Daily – NASA’s 2013 Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel or HS3 mission will investigate whether Saharan dust and its associated warm and dry air, known as the Saharan Air Layer or SAL, favors or suppresses the development of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean.