MODIS Rapid Response

Forest Fires in Russia’s Far East
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Forest Fires in Russia’s Far East

After the winter snow melts in Amur province, people often burn grass and croplands.

Published Apr 7, 2018

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Vast Dust Storms in the Sahara
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Vast Dust Storms in the Sahara

Even by the standards of the desert interior of Africa, the storms of late March have been intense.

Published Apr 1, 2018

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Bits of the Sahara on the Move
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Bits of the Sahara on the Move

A relentless storm lofted dust out of western Africa for days.

Published Mar 31, 2018

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Cloud Streets and Ice in the Barents Sea
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Cloud Streets and Ice in the Barents Sea

Cool air blowing southward across the sea ice and over the comparatively warmer open water produced long, parallel bands of cumulus clouds.

Published Mar 30, 2018

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Fire Season in Florida
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Fire Season in Florida

With drought affecting the southern part of the state, authorities are expecting an active fire season.

Published Mar 29, 2018

Drought Fires

Saharan Dust Makes Orange Snow
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Saharan Dust Makes Orange Snow

Dust plumes from North Africa spread over Eastern Europe and Russia, darkening the late-winter snow cover and reducing visibility in Mediterranean countries.

Published Mar 28, 2018

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Spring Snow in the U.S. Midwest
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Spring Snow in the U.S. Midwest

A narrow band of snow stretched from midwestern states to the Mid-Atlantic.

Published Mar 27, 2018

Severe Storms Unique Imagery Snow and Ice

A Blanket of Springtime Snow
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A Blanket of Springtime Snow

A blanket of snow imparted a wintery appearance to the eastern United States for the first few days of spring 2018.

Published Mar 23, 2018

Severe Storms Snow and Ice

Cyclone Marcus
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Cyclone Marcus

The category 5 storm is the strongest of the 2017-18 season.

Published Mar 23, 2018

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Sediment Plume off the Louisiana Coast
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Sediment Plume off the Louisiana Coast

A pulse of flood water from the central United States spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

Published Mar 9, 2018

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Shinmoedake Erupts
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Shinmoedake Erupts

In March 2018, a volcano on the Japanese island of Kyushu erupted explosively.

Published Mar 6, 2018

Atmosphere Land Volcanoes Human Presence

Making Sense of Whiting Events
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Making Sense of Whiting Events

Researchers analyzed more than a decade of satellite imagery to better understand why patches of light-colored water emerge along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Published Mar 7, 2018

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Flooding in the Central and Southern U.S.
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Flooding in the Central and Southern U.S.

In late February 2018, heavy rains gave rise to damaging floods along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

Published Feb 27, 2018

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An Intersection of Land, Ice, Sea, and Clouds
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An Intersection of Land, Ice, Sea, and Clouds

Cold winter winds helped paint a lovely scene off the coast of Labrador and Newfoundland.

Published Feb 26, 2018

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Violent Blast from Sinabung
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Violent Blast from Sinabung

The Indonesian volcano blew a chunk of its peak into the sky, dropping ash across tens of kilometers and sending up a sulfur dioxide plume.

Published Feb 21, 2018

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Ash and Activity from Mayon
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Ash and Activity from Mayon

The volcano has been spewing ash in its first eruption since 2014.

Published Feb 20, 2018

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Icy Lake Erie
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Icy Lake Erie

Lake Erie is usually the first to freeze over because it is shallower than the other Great Lakes.

Published Feb 18, 2018

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Gita Batters the South Pacific
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Gita Batters the South Pacific

The tropical cyclone was one of the strongest on record to make a direct hit on Tongapatu.

Published Feb 16, 2018

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A Cold Greeting in Pyeongchang
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A Cold Greeting in Pyeongchang

The temperatures in the first days of the winter games have been colder than usual.

Published Feb 16, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone Gita Slams Tonga
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Tropical Cyclone Gita Slams Tonga

It is rare for a powerful tropical cyclone to hit Tonga.

Published Feb 12, 2018

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Dust Storm Over the Mediterranean Sea
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Dust Storm Over the Mediterranean Sea

Warm, dry winds that originated in the Sahara delivered dust to Europe.

Published Feb 9, 2018

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Winter Snowscapes in Russia
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Winter Snowscapes in Russia

Clouds dissipated over the Caucasus Mountains and Moscow, revealing landscapes blanketed in white.

Published Feb 8, 2018

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Tendrils of Sediment in the Caspian Sea
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Tendrils of Sediment in the Caspian Sea

The southeast Caspian is marked by colorful swirls of perpetually turbid seawater.

Published Feb 4, 2018

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Snow and Clouds around the Alps
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Snow and Clouds around the Alps

Satellite sensors help distinguish snow and ice from clouds and fog.

Published Feb 1, 2018

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A Fire Cloud in Argentina
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A Fire Cloud in Argentina

The heat from a wildfire can create its own weather.

Published Jan 30, 2018

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A Dust Bath for Cape Verde
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A Dust Bath for Cape Verde

Winter winds pick up sand from the Sahara and blow it over the North Atlantic islands.

Published Jan 26, 2018

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Bushfire in Pilliga Forest
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Bushfire in Pilliga Forest

False-color images can reveal details that are typically invisible to the naked eye.

Published Jan 25, 2018

Land Fires

Ice Jams on the Connecticut River
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Ice Jams on the Connecticut River

Heavy rains and temperature swings triggered a long ice jam in Connecticut.

Published Jan 24, 2018

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Air Pollution Shrouds the Pearl River Delta
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Air Pollution Shrouds the Pearl River Delta

Air pollution is less common in southern China, but Guangdong province can still get pretty hazy.

Published Jan 23, 2018

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Signs of Ships in the Clouds
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Signs of Ships in the Clouds

Under the right environmental conditions, pollution from ships can make long, bright tracks amidst the clouds.

Published Jan 21, 2018

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