MODIS Rapid Response

NASA’s Eyes on Nepartak
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NASA’s Eyes on Nepartak

In July 2016, Super Typhoon Nepartak became the season’s first major storm to strike the northeast Pacific.

Published Aug 7, 2016

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Lesotho Sees Its Heaviest Snowfall in Two Decades
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Lesotho Sees Its Heaviest Snowfall in Two Decades

Severe snowfall has become rare, so shepherds and tourists were not well prepared for this event.

Published Aug 6, 2016

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Dampening Dust Storms
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Dampening Dust Storms

A massive tree planting effort may be weakening the intensity of dust storms.

Published Aug 5, 2016

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Tropical Storm Earl
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Tropical Storm Earl

Tropical Storm Earl spun up over the Caribbean Sea before making landfall over as a category 1 hurricane.

Published Aug 4, 2016

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Flooding in China
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Flooding in China

In summer 2016, flooding of historic proportions swamped the Yangtze River Basin.

Published Jul 30, 2016

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Bloom in Hood Canal, Washington
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Bloom in Hood Canal, Washington

A bloom of coccolithophores imparted a milky turquoise color to a fjord in western Washington’s Puget Sound.

Published Jul 29, 2016

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Sand Fire, California
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Sand Fire, California

The blaze near Angeles National Forest has led to the evacuation of 10,000 homes.

Published Jul 25, 2016

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Soberanes Fire, California
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Soberanes Fire, California

Dry, windy weather promoted the blaze near Big Sur and Monterey.

Published Jul 25, 2016

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Cloud Streets Over the Timor Sea
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Cloud Streets Over the Timor Sea

An uncommon display of cloud streets formed off of the northern coast of Australia.

Published Jul 24, 2016

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Fuller Fire, Arizona
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Fuller Fire, Arizona

Fire charred forests along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in July 2016.

Published Jul 20, 2016

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Hurricane Darby and Tropical Storm Estelle in the Eastern Pacific
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Hurricane Darby and Tropical Storm Estelle in the Eastern Pacific

July 2016 was a busy time for tropical cyclones in the Eastern Pacific.

Published Jul 18, 2016

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Hayden Pass and Beaver Creek Fires in Colorado
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Hayden Pass and Beaver Creek Fires in Colorado

Colorado’s Beaver Creek and Hayden Pass fires continue to blaze.

Published Jul 14, 2016

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Hayden Pass Fire, Colorado
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Hayden Pass Fire, Colorado

The Hayden Pass Fire has forced the evacuation of more than 100 homes since July 8.

Published Jul 12, 2016

Atmosphere Heat Land Fires

Unusual Dust Off Chile
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Unusual Dust Off Chile

It is unusual to see large dust events emerge from South America’s west coast, according to atmospheric scientists.

Published Jul 12, 2016

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Phytoplankton Bloom off New Jersey
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Phytoplankton Bloom off New Jersey

A bloom large enough to be visible from space shows up off the coast of New Jersey.

Published Jul 10, 2016

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Typhoon Nepartak
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Typhoon Nepartak

In early July 2016, storm clouds churned above the western Pacific Ocean as a super typhoon swept toward Taiwan.

Published Jul 7, 2016

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The Barents Sea Abloom
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The Barents Sea Abloom

In July 2016, phytoplankton in the Barents Sea turned the surface waters milky blue.

Published Jul 6, 2016

Life Water Water Color

Does Dust Affect Water Levels of the Caspian Sea?
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Does Dust Affect Water Levels of the Caspian Sea?

New research explores a connection between dust storms, the water cycle, and water levels in the Caspian Sea.

Published Jun 10, 2016

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Bristol Island Eruption Continues
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Bristol Island Eruption Continues

The volcano is erupting for the first time in 60 years.

Published May 31, 2016

Volcanoes Remote Sensing

Fort McMurray Wildfire Still Burns
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Fort McMurray Wildfire Still Burns

The Fort McMurray wildfire remains out of control, burning under high to extreme fire conditions.

Published May 25, 2016

Atmosphere Land Fires

Fort McMurray Fire Continues to Rage
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Fort McMurray Fire Continues to Rage

A shift in the winds has put worker camps north of Fort McMurray at risk.

Published May 17, 2016

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Bloom in the Black Sea
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Bloom in the Black Sea

Phytoplankton and stirred up sediments deliver a splash of spring color to the Black Sea.

Published May 13, 2016

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Going with the Flow
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Going with the Flow

Winds flowing around Heard Island in the southwestern Indian Ocean shaped the clouds into a line of spirals.

Published May 8, 2016

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Fires and Smoke in Nepal
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Fires and Smoke in Nepal

In April 2016, smoke blanketed the region during an unusually active fire season.

Published Apr 29, 2016

Atmosphere Fires

A Sudden Color Change on Lake Kivu
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A Sudden Color Change on Lake Kivu

The lake in central Africa is in the middle of a whiting event caused by calcium carbonate precipitation.

Published Apr 26, 2016

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Cyclone Fantala
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Cyclone Fantala

The category 5 storm became the most intense on record for the Indian Ocean.

Published Apr 20, 2016

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Spring Snow Blankets the Northeastern United States
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Spring Snow Blankets the Northeastern United States

A spring storm dumped several inches of snow across the Upper Midwest and Northeast.

Published Apr 6, 2016

Severe Storms Snow and Ice

Pavlof Erupts Again
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Pavlof Erupts Again

After a year of relative calm, the Alaskan volcano burst back into action in late March 2016.

Published Apr 3, 2016

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Clouds Streets and Comma Clouds Near Svalbard
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Clouds Streets and Comma Clouds Near Svalbard

Cool air moving across Arctic sea ice gives rise to long parallel bands of cumulus clouds over the Norwegian Sea.

Published Mar 31, 2016

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Spring Snow Cover in The Alps
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Spring Snow Cover in The Alps

Late winter storms dropped a fresh coating of snow across the Alps in mid-March 2016.

Published Mar 27, 2016

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