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Even without a boost from El Niño, January 2017 was 3rd warmest such month in records dating back 137 years

Unlike last year, January 2017 got no temperature boost from El Niño. Yet it was still remarkably warm.

California rivers are so swollen from runoff that the impact is easily seen in these before and after satellite images

This animation of satellite images shows in dramatic fashion just how far California has come following one of its most devastating droughts on record.

Bye bye La Niña, we hardly knew you. (And btw, is that your baby brother, El Niño, lurking there in the shadows?)

The La Niña of 2016 is now officially gone. Following on from a monster El Niño, it turned out to be one of the shortest and weakest on record.

Extraordinary warmth continues to afflict the Arctic, taking a wicked toll on its floating cap of sea ice

In January, average extent of Arctic sea ice was the lowest on record A journalist would never write a story saying, "No homes burned down today." Novelty makes news, not humdrum, every day stuff.

With the new GOES-16 satellite, Earth has never looked more stunningly beautiful from space

GOES-16 also promises better weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, solar flare alerts, and a host of other benefits In recent weeks, two new weather satellites — GOES-16, lofted into orbit by the United States, and the Japanese Himawari-9 — have begun sending back spectacular images of the home planet.

Check out this breathtaking view of the Colorado Plateau, as seen from the International Space Station

When I first spotted this stunning image on NASA's Earth Observatory site, it stopped me dead in my tracks. It's a view over Lake Powell on the Colorado River, the second-largest artificial reservoir in the United States, after Lake Mead further downstream.

The Arctic in the age of Trump

“I am fearful this will affect the Arctic in ways that we have not seen yet” — Margot Wallström, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden Note: I've written this from Tromsø, Norway, where I'm covering the Arctic Frontiers conference.

A wimpy La Niña is on the way toward La Nada status

La Niña typically cools the Pacific. But this time, large swathes of warmer-than-average sea temperatures have muted the cooling.

A new "hole" in the Sun's atmosphere has sparked stunning displays of the northern lights here on Earth

As the coronal hole rotated into view of the Solar Dynamics Observatory, the spacecraft captured a video of what it looked like Ok, let's say it straight away: A "hole" in the Sun's corona is completely natural.

New analysis: global sea ice suffered major losses in 2016

The extent of sea ice globally took major hits during 2016, according to an analysis released yesterday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Here's what Earth and the Moon look like to a telescope on a Mars orbiter that's 127 million miles from home

Just two days ago, I posted a spectacular picture from the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars showing a fresh blast zone and crater gouged into the surface of Mars by an impacting space rock.

The first of several climate verdicts is in: 2016 was the warmest year on record — as widely expected

On the heels of a study confirming that there had been no slowdown in global warming, there is now this news: 2016 was indeed the warmest year on record.

A chunk of interplanetary debris recently slammed into Mars and left this fresh crater and spray of ejecta

Small asteroids and chunks of cometary debris frequently slam into the surface of Mars, gouging out new craters.

On New Year's Eve, this comet and the crescent moon will rendezvous in the sky to bid farewell to 2016

If you have binocs, clear, dark skies, and some luck, Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková may be just the way to ring in the New Year Maybe you've seen stories about the comet that will supposedly provide some fireworks on New Year's Eve, as it appears low on the western horizon?

As seen from space: the sacred lands of Bears Ears — now protected as a national monument

As far as I can tell, this is the first published satellite image of the newly created Bears Ears National Monument Speaking of the wild western side of the Bears Ears buttes in Utah, Wallace Stegner wrote in 1969: To start a trip at Mexican Hat, Utah, is to start off into empty space from the end of the world.

Here's what the the northern lights look like from 512 miles up in space: glowing swirls of diaphanous fog

Just hours after the winter sosltice this month, particles blowing in the solar wind slammed into Earth's magnetic field and kicked up quite the auroral ruckus.

Peace * שָׁלוֹם * Pacem * سلام * Paix * शान्ति * Paz * Hodéezyéél * мир * 和平 * Keamanan * Uxolo . . .

May this luminously beautiful image of the War and Peace Nebula inspire us to work for the latter — peace — in the coming year There are more than 6,900 distinct languages, and thus at least that many ways for us humans to express freedom from war, violence, and disturbance, and the presence of quiet, tranquility and serenity.

The Philippines is about to get the most unwelcome Christmas present imaginable: Super Typhoon Nock-ten

Watch a dramatic animation of satellite images showing Super Typhoon Nock-ten exploding in strength and taking dead aim on the Philippines Super Typhoon Nock-ten is swirling toward a Christmas Day landfall as a Category 3 or 4 storm on the Philippine island of Catanduanes.

"Might not feel like it today, but 2016 will be the warmest year in the surface temperature records"

The quote in the headline is from a Tweet this morning from Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, following release of his institute's monthly climate analysis.

A NASA spacecraft watches as a huge 'hole' in the Sun's atmosphere rotates into view

The solar wind, blowing at 2 million miles per hour from the hole, just caused a geomagnetic storm here on Earth Over the past week, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft watched a massive coronal hole rotate into view as the Sun spun on its axis.


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