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Suomi NPP Finds Kammuri Weakening In The South China Sea

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Tropical Storm Kammuri

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the South China Sea and provided forecasters with a visible image of Tropical Storm Kammuri on Dec. 4.


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Suomi NPP Sees Development Of Tropical Cyclone 06A From Orbi

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Tropical Cyclone 06A

Imagery from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite showed that a tropical depression in the Arabian Sea has consolidated and organized despite facing wind shear. Tropical Depression 06A is now Tropical Cyclone 06A.

Satellite imagery Shows Typhoon Kammuri's Center Obscured

Satellite imagery Shows Typhoon Kammuri's Center Obscured

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP or S-NPP satellite passed over the Philippine Sea in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and found Typhoon Kammuri's eye obscured.


New Maps Of Salinity Reveal The Impact Of Climate Variability On Oceans

New Maps Of Salinity Reveal The Impact Of Climate Variability On Oceans

Since the saltiness of ocean surface waters is a key variable in the climate system, understanding how this changes is important to understanding climate change.


Earth from Space: Lake St. Clair, US - Canada Border

Earth from Space: Lake St. Clair, US - Canada Border Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Lake St. Clair, forming the border between Ontario, Canada to the east, and Michigan, US to the west.


Earth from Space: Seville, Spain

Earth from Space: Seville, Spain Video in Story

The western area of Spain's Province of Seville and its capital with the same name (right) is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-2A satellite.


Sentinel-6/Jason-CS Will Track Rising Oceans Into 2030

Sentinel-6/Jason-CS Will Track Rising Oceans Into 2030

Earth's climate is changing, and the study of oceans is vital to understanding the effects of those changes on our future.


NASA Finds Light Rain In Fading Tropical Depression Fengshen

NASA Finds Light Rain In Fading Tropical Depression Fengshen

A NASA analysis of rainfall rates shows that the once mighty Fengshen is now a depression devoid of heavy rainfall.


Earth from Space: Lake Tai, China

Earth from Space: Lake Tai, China Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Lake Tai, the third largest freshwater lake in China.


Space-based Radar Suggests North Korean Nuke Equivalent To '17 Hiroshimas'

Space-based Radar Suggests North Korean Nuke Equivalent To '17 Hiroshimas'

North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2003. It subsequently developed nuclear weapons, with five underground nuclear tests culminating in a suspected thermonuclear explosion (a hydrogen bomb) on 3 September 2017.


Terra Sees Fire And Smoke From Bushfires In Australia

Terra Sees Fire And Smoke From Bushfires In Australia

The state of New South Wales (NSW) in south eastern Australia is continuing to experience devastating bushfires due to the dry tinder-like atmosphere in the territory: high winds, dry lightning and continuing heat.


Arctic Shifts to a Carbon Source due to Winter Soil Emissions

Arctic Shifts to a Carbon Source due to Winter Soil Emissions

A NASA-funded study suggests winter carbon emissions in the Arctic may be adding more carbon into the atmosphere each year than is taken up by Arctic vegetation, marking a stark reversal for a region that has captured and stored carbon for tens of thousands of years.


Earth from Space: Holbox Island, Mexico

Earth from Space: Holbox Island, Mexico Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Holbox Island, off the Quintana Roo coast of Mexico. The island is separated from mainland Mexico by a shallow lagoon. This false-colour image has been processed in a way that highlights vegetation in bright red.


Typhoon Halong Viewed From Orbit

Typhoon Halong Viewed From Orbit

Typhoon Halong has packed quite a punch and imagery from NASA's Terra satellite found that the storm resembled a boxing glove.


A Third of California Methane Traced to a Few Super-Emitters

A Third of California Methane Traced to a Few Super-Emitters

NASA scientists are helping California create a detailed, statewide inventory of methane point sources -- highly concentrated methane releases from single sources -- using a specialized airborne sensor.


California's Kincade Fire Burn Scar Seen From Space

California's Kincade Fire Burn Scar Seen From Space

Thousands of acres damaged by the ongoing Kincade Fire in Northern California's Sonoma County are visible in this new image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite.


Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon

Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon

A new NASA study shows that over the last 20 years, the atmosphere above the Amazon rainforest has been drying out, increasing the demand for water and leaving ecosystems vulnerable to fires and drought.


Satellite Tracking Shows How Ships Affect Clouds And Climate

Satellite Tracking Shows How Ships Affect Clouds And Climate

By matching the movement of ships to the changes in clouds caused by their emissions, researchers have shown how strongly the two are connected.


Earth from Space: Antarctic Halloween Crack

Earth from Space: Antarctic Halloween Crack Video in Story

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over cracks in the Brunt ice shelf, which lies in the Weddell Sea sector of Antarctica.



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