MODIS Rapid Response

Fires in Israel
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Fires in Israel

In November, thousands of people were forced to flee Haifa.

Published Dec 1, 2016

Atmosphere Fires

Rare November Snow in Tokyo
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Rare November Snow in Tokyo

Central Tokyo is more gray than white, suggesting less accumulation or faster melting.

Published Nov 29, 2016

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Algae Bloom or Swirling Sediment?
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Algae Bloom or Swirling Sediment?

Swirling patterns in Spencer Gulf require a bit of detective work.

Published Nov 23, 2016

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Deadly Smog Shrouds Tehran
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Deadly Smog Shrouds Tehran

Over the past month, more than 400 people have died due to air pollution in Iran’s capital.

Published Nov 18, 2016

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Drought and Fire in the Southeast
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Drought and Fire in the Southeast

A prolonged dry spell has fueled an outbreak of smoke and fire in Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Published Nov 11, 2016

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Dust Over Argentina
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Dust Over Argentina

Though a common and natural occurrence, this November’s dust comes after a particularly dry year in parts of South America.

Published Nov 7, 2016

Atmosphere Dust and Haze Remote Sensing

Cloud Wakes on the Lee Side of St. Helena Island
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Cloud Wakes on the Lee Side of St. Helena Island

Mountain peaks slice through the clouds and air masses, creating Von Karman Vortices.

Published Nov 6, 2016

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Iron in the Wind
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Iron in the Wind

When winds push dust and glacial flour into the Gulf of Alaska, they can deliver enough iron to trigger phytoplankton blooms.

Published Nov 1, 2016

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Oil Fields Along the Ob River
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Oil Fields Along the Ob River

Swampy areas in the West Siberian Basin are some of Russia’s most important sources of crude oil and natural gas.

Published Oct 18, 2016

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Typhoon Sarika Over the Philippines
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Typhoon Sarika Over the Philippines

The storm brought high winds and heavy rains to the Philippines before heading toward China and Vietnam.

Published Oct 17, 2016

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Early Snow in Nebraska
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Early Snow in Nebraska

Parts of northwestern Nebraska were dusted on October 6, 2016.

Published Oct 11, 2016

Land Severe Storms Snow and Ice

Hurricane Matthew Floods the Carolinas
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Hurricane Matthew Floods the Carolinas

When the Terra satellite captured this image, floodwater was spilling into the Atlantic Ocean.

Published Oct 11, 2016

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Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti
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Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti

At the time of landfall on October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew became the strongest storm to hit Haiti in more than 50 years.

Published Oct 5, 2016

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Super Typhoon Chaba
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Super Typhoon Chaba

On October 4, 2016, Typhoon Chaba was headed north between the Japanese mainland and South Korea. Authorities in the area expected flash flooding, structural damage, and power outages.

Published Oct 4, 2016

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Typhoon Megi Passes Taiwan
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Typhoon Megi Passes Taiwan

The storm is the most recent is the fourth to have battered Taiwan in recent weeks.

Published Sep 28, 2016

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Typhoon Malakas
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Typhoon Malakas

Typhoon Malakas approached Japan and made landfall as a category-3 storm.

Published Sep 19, 2016

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Typhoon Meranti Moves Toward China
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Typhoon Meranti Moves Toward China

It is one of the three strongest typhoons to be recorded in the region, according to news sources.

Published Sep 14, 2016

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Super Typhoon Meranti
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Super Typhoon Meranti

The category 5 storm neared Taiwan on September 13, 2016.

Published Sep 14, 2016

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The Evolution of Hurricane Hermine
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The Evolution of Hurricane Hermine

After hitting Florida as a tropical cyclone, Hermine transitioned into a very different type of storm.

Published Sep 9, 2016

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Tropical Storm Newton
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Tropical Storm Newton

Tropical Storm Newton strengthened into a hurricane before encountering Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

Published Sep 6, 2016

Atmosphere Land Severe Storms

Canadian Waters Teem with Phytoplankton
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Canadian Waters Teem with Phytoplankton

The Strait of Georgia turns milky green due to an “unprecedented” explosion of coccolithophores.

Published Sep 4, 2016

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Hurricane Lester on Approach to Hawaii
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Hurricane Lester on Approach to Hawaii

Hurricane Lester moved west-northwest toward Hawaii.

Published Sep 2, 2016

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Hurricane Hermine Approaches Florida
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Hurricane Hermine Approaches Florida

For the first time in a decade, a hurricane is poised to strike Florida.

Published Sep 1, 2016

Atmosphere Severe Storms

Typhoon Lionrock
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Typhoon Lionrock

For the second time in nine days, Japan has been pounded by a tropical storm.

Published Aug 29, 2016

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Increased Fire Comes with Increased Health Risks
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Increased Fire Comes with Increased Health Risks

Researchers believe recent fire seasons give a taste of the more active wildfires of the future. Such fires are likely to increase air pollution, even as emissions from industry and motor vehicles have fallen in recent decades.

Published Aug 23, 2016

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Typhoon Mindulle over Japan
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Typhoon Mindulle over Japan

Soaking rains drenched Tokyo.

Published Aug 22, 2016

Atmosphere Severe Storms

A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage
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A Nearly Ice-Free Northwest Passage

By mid-August 2016, the famed high-latitude sea route in the Arctic Ocean was open.

Published Aug 20, 2016

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Sediment Pours into Lake Pontchartrain
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Sediment Pours into Lake Pontchartrain

After a slow-moving storm system brought severe flooding to southern Louisiana, sediment poured into Lake Pontchartrain.

Published Aug 18, 2016

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

Fires Rage in Portugal
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Fires Rage in Portugal

Summer heat—and perhaps arsonists—have fueled fires in northern Portugal and Spain.

Published Aug 14, 2016

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Extratropical Cyclone Over Hudson Bay
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Extratropical Cyclone Over Hudson Bay

Extratropical storms are fueled by interactions between warm and cold air masses.

Published Aug 12, 2016

Atmosphere Severe Storms