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Antarctica Melts Under Its Hottest Days on Record

Ice caps and glaciers felt the heat as temperatures reached 18.3°C (64.9°F).

18P – Southern Pacific Ocean

The low-pressure area that has been lingering west-northwest of American Samoa for several days has organized into a tropical depression.

Vicky – Southern Pacific Ocean

There are two tropical cyclones affecting American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean on Feb. 21. Tropical Storm Vicky has triggered warnings, while Tropical Cyclone 18P continues to develop.

Media Invited to Inside Look at NASA Marine Cloud Study

Media are invited to preview a NASA airborne science campaign to help improve weather and climate predictions at 9 a.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 25, at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

First Satellite in Global Air Quality Constellation Launches

South Korea's Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) instrument on the Korean Aerospace Research Institute GEO-KOMPSAT-2B satellite launched into orbit.

Hundreds of Fires Light Up Myanmar and Cambodia

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of the hundreds of fires burning across large swaths of land in both Myanmar and Cambodia on Feb. 18, 2020.

Gabekile – Southern Indian Ocean

Winds outside of Tropical Storm Gabekile are ripping the storm apart.

Drought Hits Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is affecting agriculture and drinking water in the region.

Pine Island Glacier’s Newest Iceberg

Iceberg B-49 calved from the Antarctic glacier in February 2020.

Extreme Rain Douses Fires, Causes Floods in Australia

A season of extremes in eastern Australia took another dramatic turn in mid-February 2020.

Status Update: OSIRIS-REx Osprey Flyover

OSIRIS-REx successfully executed a 0.4-mile (620-m) flyover of site Osprey.

Climate Change Could Trigger More Landslides in High Mountain Asia

More frequent and intense rainfall events due to climate change could cause more landslides in the High Mountain Asia region of China, Tibet and Nepal, according to the first quantitative study of the link between precipitation and landslides in the region.

Making Waves in the Andaman Sea

When tides, currents, and gravity move water masses over seafloor features, they can create wave actions within the ocean.

Uesi – Southern Pacific Ocean

NASA analyzed Tropical Storm Uesi’s rainfall and found moderate to heavy rainfall around the storm’s center and in a large band of thunderstorms south of the center.

Moisture Pummels the Pacific Northwest

Following an exceptionally wet January, an atmospheric river carried even more moisture into the region in February.

Damien – Southern Indian Ocean

The low-pressure area that formed off Australia’s Kimberley coast and lingered there for a couple of days has moved west and developed into Tropical Cyclone Damien off the Pilbara coastline.

Thwaites Glacier Transformed

The amount of ice flowing from the Antarctic glacier has doubled in the span of three decades, and scientists think it could undergo even more dramatic changes in the near future.

Arctic Ice Melt Is Changing Ocean Currents

Using 12 years of satellite data, NASA scientists have measured how the influx of cold, fresh water is affecting the Beaufort Gyre, a major Arctic current.

Francisco – Southern Indian Ocean

Shortly after Tropical Cyclone Francisco formed on Feb. 5 in the Southern Indian Ocean, NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of the storm.

Winter Flooding on the Mississippi

Persistent rains and saturated soils across the watershed swelled the river to its banks and occasionally onto floodplains.

Australia's Orroral Valley Fire Consumes Over 155,000 Acres in a Week

NASA's Terra satellite saw yet another fire, known as the Orroral Valley Fire, break out in the Canberra region of Australia, specifically in and around the ​Namadgi National Park.

Australian Smoke Plume Sets Records

Potent wildfires sent one of the largest plumes of smoke higher into the stratosphere than certain satellites have ever observed.

Eddy Extravaganza off the Italian Coast

Natural-color satellite images can capture art-like beauty when sediments trace water currents and eddies; other kinds of data can make that art intersect with scientific understanding.

NASA Catches Massive Smoke Plume from New South Wales Fires

Huge clouds of smoke spilled off the southeastern coast of Australia in this NASA Terra satellite image taken with the MODIS instrument (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) on Jan. 31, 2020

Flood Waters Overwhelm Northern Madagascar

Torrential rains from several tropical disturbances soaked Madagascar in late January 2020, causing widespread and deadly flooding in the northern reaches of the island.
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