NASA’s Terra satellite recently captured this stunning photo of Saharan dust wafting over the Atlantic ocean. It’s one of several outbreaks this summer that some speculate may be contributing to this year’s relatively peaceful storm season. »
Ocean conditions in the Pacific Ocean are increasingly suggestive of a potent El Niño event later this year. While that might seem like good news to the water-starved regions of the United States, the resulting torrential rains could be exceptionally hazardous. »
This is super typhoon Soudelor, captured by NASA instruments as it attained Category Five status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale earlier today. Its eye is 12 nautical miles wide; its winds are up to 161 miles per hour; and the extremely rough waves below it are up to 48 feet high. »
Europe’s MSG-4 geostationary weather satellite is up and running after its launch on July 15. Earlier today, it’s Spinning Enhanced Visible Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) snapped its first image of Earth. And yes, we are impressed.
The wall of wind-driven ocean that accompanies a hurricane is called a “surge” for a reason: This isn’t a gentle rising of the water level, it’s violent and destructive—sometimes more so than the hurricane’s winds. This hurricane season, for the first time, the National Hurricane Center will be testing a prototype… »
Astronomers have been unable to explain the sudden but fleeting appearance of massive plumes high up in the Martian atmosphere. Rising to altitudes of over 155 miles (250 km), these hazy structures are forcing scientists to re-evaluate what they know about the Martian atmosphere. »
Via the US National Weather Service comes this staggering footage of a lightning bolt making matchsticks of a tree in Upstate New York. »
These aren't film frames from The Empire Strikes Back, even while they look exactly like Rebel Alliance's Echo Base, ion cannon included. They are not on the icy surface of planet Hoth, but much nearer, in the Artic circle. »