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Scientists Probe Secrets of the Sun’s Seething Interior By Mapping Magnetic Fingerprints on its Surface

These two images were acquired by NASA’s orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory in 2010. The image on the left shows the sun’s extended outer atmosphere, called the corona.

California Drought, Midwest Chill Tied to Climate Change?

The Great Lakes on the night of April 16, 2014, as seen by the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite.

While Rest of Globe Basked, U.S. Mostly Shivered in March

NOAA’s national climate overview for March. (Source: NOAA National Climatic Data Center) The globe overall might have been quite warm in March, but here in the United States the picture was quite different.

The Vicious Valparaiso Wildfire as Seen From Space

NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image of the wildfire that swept through Valparaiso, Chile at 11:10 am local time on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Massive Sea of Warmth Propels March to Fourth Hottest

Although NASA pegs March as being the fourth warmest since record-keeping began in 1880, temperature patterns varied widely as is seen in the map.

Documenting the Disappearing Rio Grande

A watercolor of the Rio Grande as it flows through Hatch, New Mexico alternates in this animated gif with a satellite image of the same area.

Tropical Cyclone Ita Lumbers Along Australian Coast

Two satellite images of Tropical Cyclone Ita alternate in this animation. Captured by the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, the images show the storm just before it made landfall on Australia’s Queensland coast on April 11, 2014.

El Niño Looks Increasingly Likely

An animation of weekly sea surface temperature anomalies for the past 12 weeks shows the development of warmer than normal waters in the eastern Pacific and near the International Date Line.

Despite Storms, Scant Relief for California Snowpack

Satellite images of the northern portion of California’s Sierra Nevada acquired on March 24 in 2013 and 2014 show how much snowpack has shrunk.

Climate Change Impacts Around the World — In One Graphic

Global climate change impacts. (For a full explanation, see below. Source: IPCC Working Group II Summary for Policymakers.) Here’s my take-away on the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was released today: Regardless of what you may hear on radio and television shout-fests masquerading as journalism, the best science leads to one simple conclusion: If we want to reduce the risks of significant climate change that would challenge our ability to adapt, we need to act now.

Satellite Images Show Floating Objects in Indian Ocean

Satellite images released by the Australian government show possible objects floating in the Indian Ocean that could be wreckage from Malaysian Airlines flight 370.

White House Launches Climate Change Communication Tool that Treats Citizens Like Adults

Screenshot of an interactive map accessible from showing expected inundation of areas of New York City based on different projections of sea level.

Here We Go Again: Massive Dust Storms Pummel High Plains

Two huge dust storms are visible in Colorado and Texas in this mosaic of satellite images captured on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by NASA’s Terra satellite.

“What We Know” Climate Report From Leading Science Organization Seeks to Persuade Citizens. #FAIL.

The “What We Know” report about climate change issued today by the august American Association for the Advancement of Science is intended to persuade ordinary people that our climate really is changing, we’re largely responsible, and we need to do something about it.

High Plains Haboob Blows Across Five States

NASA’s Terra satellite spied these streams of dust blowing south across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico on March 11, 2014.

Birth of El Niño?

Something seems to be stirring in the western Pacific — a quickening that may herald the birth of El Niño.

Crumbling Asteroid Spied by Hubble Space Telescope

It’s not every day that astronomers get to witness an asteroid crumbling into a bunch of glowing chunks hurtling through space.

Storm Brings 100-year Flood to Christchurch, New Zealand

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of a powerful storm swirling off the coast of New Zealand on March 4.

Follow the Carbon If You Want to Understand What Will Happen Next in Putin’s Ukrainian Adventure

A nighttime view captured by the Suomi NPP satellite stretching from Western Europe at left to East Asia at right.

Crimea as Seen in Satellite Images

A Google Earth image of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, home of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. (Source: Google Earth) As I’m putting this post together, Ukraine has put its military on high alert, and Russian troops along with other forces have surrounded a number of Ukrainian military bases on the Crimean Peninsula — home to Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet.