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Time-lapse Satellite Animations Show Birth of Giant Thunderstorms in Glorious Detail


I often find myself transfixed when big, towering thunderheads boil up along Colorado’s Front Range, where I live.

Tropical Cyclones Parade Across the Pacific


Screenshot of an animation showing patterns of water vapor in the atmosphere. Magenta color indicates areas where clear, dry air penetrates lower in the atmosphere.

Iselle Now a Hurricane Threat to Hawaii; Julio is Following — and a New Disturbance Has Just Formed


Hurricanes Iselle and Julio, as well as a disturbance that has just formed off Central America, are visible in this image captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite on Aug.

Rosetta Has Arrived, and the View is Astounding


This animation comprises 101 images acquired by the Navigation Camera on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft as it approached comet 67P/C-G.

Giant Fire Clouds Over California


A developing pyrocumulus cloud above the Oregon Gulch fire, part of the Beaver Complex fire. Photographed from an Oregon Air National Guard F-15C fighter jet by James Haseltine on July 31, 2014, at 8:20 PM Pacific Daylight Time.

After a 4-Billion-Mile Journey, the Rosetta Probe is Less than a Day Away from Historic Rendezvous With a Comet


The Rosetta space probe captured this image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 4, 2014 from a distance of about 234 kilometers (145 miles).

Double Trouble for Hawaii: Iselle and Julio


NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Hurricane Iselle, to the left, and Tropical Storm Julio, to the right, on Monday, Aug.

Holy Toledo! This Nasty Lake Erie Algae Bloom is the Likely Source of the Toxin Causing Your Drinking Water Woes


An algae bloom in the western part of Lake Erie just offshore of Toledo, Ohio is visible in this image captured today (Aug.

Heat, Drought and Lightning Spark Upsurge in Wildfires


Natural and false color views of wildfires burning in California and Oregon alternate in this animation of images captured Aug.

Pure Dumb Luck Saved Us from a Calamity in 2012 Sparked by One of the Strongest Solar Storms in Recorded History

On July 23, 2012, billions of tons of plasma exploded from the Sun and raced out into space in what was one of the most powerful solar storms ever recorded.

Even as Spectacular Storms Bring Relief to U.S. Southwest, Drought Conditions Persist — and Worsen in California


A massive thunderhead blossoming over the Manzano Mountains, about 30 miles southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as photographed on the evening of Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by photojournalist Jerry Redfern.

Possibly Toxic Cyanobacteria Bloom Mucks up Baltic Sea


A thick bloom of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, along the shore at Torö, Sweden, near Stockholm.

Earth Art: Wildfire Abstraction


Wildfire smoke filling valleys in British Columbia creates an abstract pattern in this highly processed image based on data acquired by NASA’s Aqua satellite on July 16, 2014.

Super Typhoon Rammasun Slams Ashore in South China


A screenshot from an animation of infrared images from the COMS-1 satellite shows Super Typhoon Rammasun slamming ashore in southern China today.

As Rosetta Nears its Rendezvous With a Comet, Use this Way Cool Interactive Model to See How it Got There


The folks at Inove, creators of Solar System Scope, got in touch with me this morning to share their recent cool creation: an online, interactive, 3-D model of the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Numerous Wildfires Rage in Hot and Dry Pacific Northwest


Smoke plumes from wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest are circled in this image acquired by NASA’s Terra satellite on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

California Experiences Warmest, 3rd Driest Year Since 1895


Dramatic shrinking of New Melones Reservoir in California is seen in this animation of Landsat images.

June Was 6th Warmest Globally. The Month Brought Raging Wildfires, Brutal Temperatures, and Melting in Greenland


Departures in June from long-term average temperatures are seen in this map from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The Moon: A Visual Appreciation As We Approach the 45th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s Historic Small Step


Supermoonrise over California. (Please click to enlarge. Photograph: © Tom Yulsman) In this post, I’m going to attempt to tie together the recent rising of a “supermoon,” the first Moon landing, the painter Mark Rothko, and photographic technique.

Has the Sun Blown its Top?


An image of the sun based on data gathered by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on July 10, 2014. (Source: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory) I spotted this image on the Facebook page for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and found it so compelling that I had to share it.


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