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Update 3: Isaias – (was PTC 9) – Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall late on Aug. 3 and by today, Aug. 4, the huge storm stretched from Virginia to Maine.

NASA's Aqua Satellite Shows Two Views of the Apple Fire

NASA’s Aqua satellite took images of the Apple Fire as it continued to spread north across the head of the Mill Creek Canyon, and east into the San Gorgonio Wilderness near San Bernardino, Calif. on Aug. 03, 2020.

NASA Satellites Show Two Views of California's Apple Fire

NASA's satellites were working overtime as they snapped pictures of the large Apple Fire in Banning Canyon near San Bernardino, California on Aug. 02, 2020.

TD10 – Atlantic Ocean

NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of what is expected to be a new short-lived tropical depression in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean.

Sinlaku – Northwestern Pacific Ocean

NASA’s Aqua satellite obtained visible imagery of a newly developed tropical storm in the South China Sea, the same day it was forecast to make landfall.

Hagupit – Northwestern Pacific Ocean

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of Typhoon Hagupit in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean that showed the development of an eye as it quickly intensified.

Intense Flooding in Bangladesh

Monsoon-related flooding, which has been ongoing since June 2020, has inundated a quarter of the country.

Isaias (was PTC 9) – Atlantic Ocean

When NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the North Atlantic Ocean, it gathered water vapor data on Isaias, while NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image that showed a more organized tropical cyclone.

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Sees Siberian Smoke Reach Alaska

This summer, Siberia has seen potentially record-breaking temperatures as high as 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit as well as wildfires burning on a massive scale across the countryside.

Jez like Mars

Though located a world away, Lake Salda, Turkey, shares similar mineralogy as Jezero Crater on Mars.

The Parched Paraná River

A drought around South America’s second longest river has grounded ships and contributed to a rash of fire in the delta and floodplain.

Siberian Smoke 2020

Most of Alaska is now covered by smoke from the Siberian Fires as it wraps around a low-pressure system.

Checking on Chikungunya

Researchers can predict potential outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus months in advance by using satellite data.

Alaska’s Vegetation is Changing Dramatically

Tree and plant cover has deteriorated considerably in some areas, while advancing in other areas that previously burned or used to be frozen.

NASA Sees Hanna Strengthen into First Atlantic Hurricane of 2020

NASA satellite imagery revealed powerful thunderstorms fueled the intensification of Hanna into a hurricane along the Texas coast.

Update 2: Douglas – Eastern Pacific Ocean

Imagery from NASA’s Terra satellite was used to create an animation showing Douglas’ movement past the Hawaiian Islands.

NASA's Aqua Satellite Finds Portugal Heating Up As Fire Blazes In Country's Center

NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of an active fire in the Oleiros municipality of Portugal on July 26, 2020.

Update: Douglas – Eastern Pacific Ocean

Hurricane Douglas is a major hurricane tracking through the Central Pacific Ocean on a forecast track to Hawaii.

Hanna (was TD08) – Gulf of Mexico

NASA’s Aqua satellite used infrared light to identify the strongest storms and coldest cloud top temperatures in Tropical Depression 8, spinning in the Gulf of Mexico.

Excessive Monsoon Rains Flood Asia

By mid-July 2020, rainfall had triggered flooding and landslides that affected millions of people across South and East Asia.

Gonzalo – Atlantic Ocean

The seventh named tropical cyclone of the North Atlantic Ocean has formed, and like some others this season, it has broken a record.

NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Ferocious Fires in Siberia

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of fires wreaking havoc across a large swath of Siberia on July 21, 2020.

Douglas – Eastern Pacific Ocean

Tropical Depression 8E developed on July 20 and quickly organized into a tropical storm

Assimilating Satellite Data Yields a First Look at COVID-19’s Impact on Carbon Dioxide

Combining NASA satellite data with a computer model yields a first look at changes in global carbon dioxide concentrations after Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) restrictions began during early 2020. The study ran on a custom configuration of the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer.

Gearing Up for an Active 2020 Hurricane Season

Abnormally warm ocean temperatures and a potential La Niña set the stage for an above-average Atlantic hurricane season.
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