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NASA Sees Developing Tropical System Affecting Mozambique's Nampala Province
2014-01-29 09:30:44

NASA NASA's Aqua satellite captured infrared data on a developing area of tropical low pressure known as System 91S that was brushing the Nampala Province of Mozambique on January 28. Nampula is a province in northern Mozambique and its eastern coast runs along the Mozambique Channel of the Southern Indian Ocean. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Mozambique Channel on January 28 at 10:35 UTC/5:35 a.m. EST the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument known as AIRS captured...

NASA Sees Another Developing Depression In Northern Indian Ocean
2013-12-05 19:56:45

NASA The Northern Indian Ocean typhoon season usually lasts until the end of December, but it's not going out without a fight this year. Infrared satellite data from NASA's Aqua satellite showed bands of thunderstorms wrapping around low pressure System 92B's center. If this system develops it would become Tropical Depression 06B. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the low pressure area designated as System 92B on Dec. 5 at 07:59 UTC/2:59 a.m. EST and the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or...

2013-11-08 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new NASA-led study of "atmospheric river" storms from the Pacific Ocean may help scientists better predict major winter snowfalls that hit West Coast mountains and lead to heavy spring runoff and sometimes flooding. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Atmospheric rivers -- short-lived wind tunnels that carry water vapor from tropical oceans to mid-latitude land areas -- are prolific producers of rain and...

Atmospheric River Storms Could Help Predict Winter Snowfall
2013-11-08 15:18:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study says “atmospheric river” storms from the Pacific Ocean could eventually help scientists predict major winter snowfalls. Atmospheric rivers are short-lived wind tunnels that carry water vapor from tropical oceans to mid-latitude land areas. They are known to bring large quantities of rain and snow on California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Researchers studied how two of the most common atmospheric circulation patterns...

System 95L Targeted By NASA's Global Hawk
2013-09-20 08:22:39

NASA NASA's Aqua satellite passed over a developing low pressure area in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico and captured infrared data on what is now the latest destination for NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel mission. On Sept. 19, NASA's HS3 mission sent an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft to investigate and gather data from low pressure System 95L, located in the Bay of Campeche. On Sept. 19 at 07:35 UTC/3:35 a.m. EDT, NASA's Aqua satellite passed over System 95L and the...

California’s Massive Rim Fire Dissected By NASA's 'Eyes'
2013-08-28 07:25:40

NASA The Rim Fire burning in and near Yosemite National Park in California continues to grow and move its way up in the record books. As of Aug. 27, CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) reports that the fire, which started Aug. 17, had consumed nearly 180,000 acres, making it the seventh largest wildfire in California’s recorded history. The fire is one of 10 active major wildfires burning across California as of Aug. 27. New satellite images from NASA’s...

Weakening Gil's Warming Cloud Tops Revealed In Infrared NASA Image
2013-08-08 08:51:33

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center As cloud tops fall, their temperature rises, and infrared data from NASA's Aqua satellite saw that happening as Tropical Storm Gil weakened. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument captured an infrared picture of Tropical Storm Gil on Aug. 6 at 22:59 UTC (6:59 p.m. EDT). The AIRS data showed that cloud top temperatures had warmed since the day before, indicating that the thunderstorms that make up the tropical cyclone didn't have as much...

Infrared Baby Picture Of Tropical Depression 7E Taken By NASA
2013-07-31 12:22:58

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Tropical Depression 7E formed in the Eastern Pacific Ocean during the morning of July 30, and a NASA satellite was overhead to get an infrared baby picture. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the depression and saw strong, but fragmented thunderstorms around the center. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite. AIRS creates infrared data that helps determine temperature, such as cloud top and sea surface...

Tropical Storm Soulik Seen By NASA Over Marianas Islands
2013-07-09 09:50:56

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Soulik in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, the MODIS and AIRS instruments captured images that showed the storm's eastern quadrant covered the Marianas Islands and that the storm has become more organized in the last day. The MODIS or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a brilliant visible image of Storm Soulik over the Mariana...

Pollution, Storms And Climate: NASA Mission Investigates How They Interact
2013-06-07 11:09:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate, NASA´s DC-8 and ER-2 science aircraft will take flight over the southern US this summer. This will be the most complex NASA airborne science campaign of the year drawing together coordinated observations from NASA satellites, aircraft and an array of ground sites. The...