MODIS Rapid Response

A Glorious View
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A Glorious View

The Terra satellite captured a rainbow-like optical phenomenon called a glory over the Pacific Ocean. Water droplets within clouds scatter light to produce the effect.

Published Jun 27, 2012

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Dump Fire in Utah
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Dump Fire in Utah

Sparks from a shooting range likely started a wildfire near Saratoga Springs on June 21, 2012.

Published Jun 25, 2012

Land Fires Remote Sensing

Volcanoes, Clouds, and Swirling Winds
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Volcanoes, Clouds, and Swirling Winds

An image from the remote South Sandwich Islands shows how volcanic emissions can create clouds, while the islands themselves deform those clouds.

Published Jun 23, 2012

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Dust over the Red Sea
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Dust over the Red Sea

Acquired June 20, 2012, this image shows a dust storm blowing off the coast of Sudan.

Published Jun 21, 2012

Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze

High Park Fire in Colorado
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High Park Fire in Colorado

A fire west of Fort Collins had burned more than 58,000 acres on June 19, 2012.

Published Jun 19, 2012

Fires

Siberia Burns
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Siberia Burns

Authorities have declared a state of emergency in several Russian districts.

Published Jun 19, 2012

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Little Bear Fire in New Mexico
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Little Bear Fire in New Mexico

The EO-1 satellite observed the burn scar from the Little Bear Fire.

Published Jun 14, 2012

Land Fires

Wheat Fires in China
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Wheat Fires in China

Seasonal agricultural burning contributes to air pollution in China.

Published Jun 14, 2012

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An Australian “Anti-storm”
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An Australian “Anti-storm”

A high near Tasmania left a gaping hole in the clouds.

Published Jun 8, 2012

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Dust Storm over the Persian Gulf
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Dust Storm over the Persian Gulf

Dust blew over parts of Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and all of Kuwait in early June 2012.

Published Jun 6, 2012

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The Evolution of a Contrail
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The Evolution of a Contrail

Moist air can cause contrails to spread and become sprawling cirrus clouds. Are there climate consequences?

Published Jun 2, 2012

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Snow Blankets Southern Patagonia
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Snow Blankets Southern Patagonia

Acquired May 30, 2012, this natural-color image shows snow cover across southern South America.

Published May 31, 2012

Land Severe Storms Snow and Ice

Fire Rages in Gila National Forest
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Fire Rages in Gila National Forest

Dense forests in the Mogollon Mountains make for a smoky fire.

Published May 25, 2012

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Gladiator Fire in Arizona
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Gladiator Fire in Arizona

A wildfire north of Phoenix threatened the historic mining community of Crown King.

Published May 17, 2012

Fires

Haze Over Northern China
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Haze Over Northern China

A blanket of haze, likely fueled in part by wildfires in Russia, hung over China in early May.

Published May 14, 2012

Land Fires

Plume from Mount Pagan
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Plume from Mount Pagan

Steady emissions of steam and sulfur dioxide continue at North Pagan Volcano, Mariana Islands.

Published May 10, 2012

Land Volcanoes

Floods in Kenya
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Floods in Kenya

Acquired May 10, 2012, and May 9, 2009, these false-color images compare conditions in southeastern Kenya, affected by floods in 2012.

Published May 10, 2012

Land Floods

Ice Melting on Lake Baikal
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Ice Melting on Lake Baikal

People and satellites keep an eye on when ice on the world’s deepest lake melts each year.

Published May 10, 2012

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Fires in Western Australia
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Fires in Western Australia

Preventive management fires can prevent even larger fires later.

Published May 8, 2012

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Fires in Nepal
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Fires in Nepal

April is often peak wildfire season in Nepal.

Published Apr 27, 2012

Fires

Fires Blaze North of Omsk
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Fires Blaze North of Omsk

Burning crops is a spring ritual in Central Asia.

Published Apr 26, 2012

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Fires in Siberia
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Fires in Siberia

Russian authorities grapple with fires near Novisibirsk.

Published Apr 19, 2012

Land Fires

Spring Paints the Piedmont Green
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Spring Paints the Piedmont Green

The timing of seasons in North America is changing.

Published Apr 19, 2012

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Fire in Kuwait
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Fire in Kuwait

Fueled by about 5 million used tires, a fire raged in Kuwait in mid-April 2012.

Published Apr 18, 2012

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County Line Fire in Florida
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County Line Fire in Florida

The County Line Fire has burned nearly 35,000 square acres.

Published Apr 13, 2012

Fires

Wildfire Spreads Smoke Across Florida
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Wildfire Spreads Smoke Across Florida

Thick smoke billowed from a fire in Osceola National Forest.

Published Apr 10, 2012

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Fog Blankets the Yellow Sea
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Fog Blankets the Yellow Sea

A layer of warm, moist air over cooler sea water triggered thick fog along the Korean Coast.

Published Apr 7, 2012

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Lake Erie, Stirred Up
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Lake Erie, Stirred Up

Sediments and algae swirled across the lake surface on the first day of spring.

Published Mar 24, 2012

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Bering Sea Teeming with Ice
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Bering Sea Teeming with Ice

Persistent, strong northerly winds have stretched the ice cover to its second widest extent.

Published Mar 20, 2012

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Ship Tracks off the California Coast
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Ship Tracks off the California Coast

The narrow clouds form when water vapor condenses around tiny particles of pollution.

Published Mar 8, 2012

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