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NASA Captures Monsoon Rains Bringing Flooding to India

08.21.2018
NASA provided estimates monsoon rainfall that affected India from Aug. 13 to 20. The above average monsoon rains resulted in severe flooding in parts of India.

Washington State's Crescent Mountain Fire Spewing Smoke Across the Landscape

08.21.2018
Washington's Crescent Mountain fire is spewing copious amounts of smoke into the atmosphere.

California's Mendocino Complex Fire Still Ongoing

08.21.2018
California's Mendocino Complex fire is still ongoing and recently turned the 400,000 mark for acres burned.

Near Two Million Acres On Fire in the United States

08.20.2018
The West Coast of the United States is shrouded in smoke from the 110 large fires (this does not include smaller fires within each complex of fires) that have erupted across the region during this fire season.

Filaments and Color in Rupert Bay

08.20.2018
Wild patterns on the water's surface are evidence of the fluid dynamics that occur when fresh river water meets sea water.

Cimaron (Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

08.20.2018
An infrared look by NASA's Terra satellite found powerful storms in the center of Tropical Storm Cimaron that resembled a "Picasso-like" face as they zig-zagged around the center of circulation.

Hubble’s Treasure Chest of Galaxies

08.20.2018
Galaxies abound in this spectacular Hubble image; spiral arms swirl in all colors and orientations.

Fires in Oregon and California Grow in Size and Intensity

08.20.2018
Fires have been breaking out all over the western United States due to weather conditions which favor fire outbreak and copious amounts of very dry fire fuel in timber, grasses, and underbrush.

A Winter Blanket for Lesotho

08.18.2018
Snowfall occurs periodically in the short winter season, though not as often as it once did.

Unexpected Future Boost of Methane Possible from Arctic Permafrost

08.17.2018
New NASA-funded research has discovered that permafrost's expected gradual thawing and the associated release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere may actually be sped up by a process called abrupt thawing.

Scientists Deploy Damage Assessment Tool in Laos Relief Efforts

08.17.2018
The July 23 failure of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam unleashed more than 130 billion gallons of water on rural villages in southern Laos, in Southeast Asia.

NASA to Host Media Briefing on New Ice-Monitoring Mission

08.17.2018
NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat-2).

The Northwest is Running Hot and Dry

08.16.2018
In August 2018, temperature records fell in the northwestern United States.

Soulik (Northwestern Pacific)

08.16.2018
When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over recently developed Tropical Storm Soulik in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean it analyzed temperatures in the storm.

Hubble Paints Picture of the Evolving Universe

08.16.2018
Astronomers have just assembled one of the most comprehensive portraits yet of the universe’s evolutionary history.

Smoke Blankets British Columbia

08.15.2018
Hundreds of fires are burning in the Canadian province.

Ernesto - Formerly TD5 (Atlantic Ocean)

08.15.2018
The fifth tropical cyclone of the North Atlantic Ocean season formed on Aug. 15, as NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite flew overhead.

Lane - Formerly 14E (Eastern Pacific)

08.15.2018
Tropical Depression 14E formed far from land and poses no threat to land areas.

Rumbia (NW Pacific Ocean)

08.15.2018
Tropical Depression Rumbia, the twenty-first tropical cyclone of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean season formed on Aug. 15, as NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite flew overhead.

NASA’s NICER Does the Space Station Twist

08.14.2018
This time-lapse video, obtained June 8, 2018, shows NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) as it studies pulsars and other X-ray sources from its perch aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Team Demonstrates “Science on a Shoestring” with Greenhouse Gas-Measuring Instrument

08.14.2018
A novel instrument that has already proven its mettle on field campaigns will attempt to measure atmospheric greenhouse gases from an occultation-viewing, low-Earth-orbiting CubeSat mission called Mini-Carb early next year — marking the first time this type of instrument has flown in space.

Mendocino Complex Still Grows Larger

08.14.2018
The Mendocino Complex fire is now entering its 19th day and still the complex grows in size. Today the fire is 354,410 acres and 68% contained.

Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires Drifts East

08.14.2018
California is being plagued by massive wildfires, and the effects on air quality from those fires can extend far beyond the state's borders.

The Abyss of Time

08.14.2018
On a boat at a rocky promontory in Scotland, farmer James Hutton made an argument that changed our understanding of Earth’s age and helped establish the science of geology.

NASA's IMERG Estimates Heavy Rainfall Over the Eastern U.S.

08.13.2018
NASA added up that rainfall using satellite data and a program called IMERG to provide a look at the amount of rainfall along the eastern U.S.
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