A Russian military jet that was en route to Syria disappeared from radar on Sunday. Russian authorities say that it crashed into the Black Sea. Reportedly, all 92 people on board were killed, including at least 60 members of the Red Army Choir.
On January 8, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite captured an image of "clouds streets" over the Black Sea. Cloud streets are lines of cumulus clouds that run parallel to the wind. That is some beautiful wind.
You are looking at one of the reasons why Stalin-wannabe Vladimir Putin doesn't want to let go of Crimea: Russia's Black Sea Fleet. Foxtrot Alpha explains why and shows us the Black Sea Feet and its weapons in detail.
The Black Sea looks crazy right now, as you can see in this photo taken by the MODIS instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite on July 15. These intense swirls are the work of a microorganism called coccolithophore, a "calcite-shedding phytoplankton [that] can color much of the Black Sea cyan."
As far as we know, there isn't an army of dolphins wielding chainsaws beneath the Black Sea. And hopefully no Elder God is waking from its millennia-long slumber. But the ice around Odessa is singing and squeaking all the same.