Acknowledgment: I want to thank my friend and colleague, environmental journalist Susan Moran for help with this story.
I love NASA's Earth Observatory so much that I check in with it every day knowing I'll be rewarded with a visual treat about the Earth. But I'm a journalist, which means I have an urge to try to break news first. That includes beating the folks at EO to big, visual, Earth and environmental sciences stories (which I'm proud to say I've done from time to time).
This past November was the ninth warmest globally in a record extending back to 1880, according to data released today by NASA.
If you've been following news reports about California's epic drought in the aftermath of the recent storms there, it would be understandable if you've found yourself perplexed.
The gargantuan glowing loops that quiver and dance at the Sun's surface are absolutely mesmerizing. If you've never seen them up close and personal, make sure to check out the videos a little lower down in this post.
The fierce storm now battering Northern California is bringing welcome rain and snow to a state experiencing what may well be its worst drought in 1,200 years.
Please don't misread my headline. I'm not suggesting that I doubt the seriousness of the challenges posed by climate change — particularly for developing nations — and the pressing need to act.
Not to worry! As many of you may know, a gigantic hole in the Sun's atmosphere is not terribly unusual.
| Udpate: I've been asking some scientists what they think about characterizing the climate as being in "crisis," as well as other issues I raise below.
Typhoon Hagupit swirls to the east of the Philippine Islands in this image captured by NASA’s Terra satellite on Thursday, Dec.
Parts of drought-plagued California got hosed by a gusher of moisture streaming up from the tropics on Tuesday.
Alexander Gerst, an astronaut with the European Space Agency, took this photo of Hurricane Edouard from the International Space Station in mid-September, 2014.
A composite of images captured by Japan’s Hinode spacecraft shows the evolution of massive sunspots during two weeks in October, 2014.
An animation of images acquired by NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites shows the growth of an Australian bushfire in the state of Queensland between Oct.
A GOES weather satellite captured this image of Lake effect snow streaming across and downwind of the Great Lakes on Nov.
NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this view of clouds streaming across Lake Erie toward Buffalo and Erie County, New York on Tuesday— where they dumped gargantuan amounts of snow.
The following is a guest post from Paul McDivitt, a second-year master’s student studying journalism and mass communication research at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
The weekly evolution of sea surface temperatures is seen in this animation of images from the start of 2014 through the week of November 5th.
A mosaic of images captured by Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera over a 30 minute period shows the Philae lander drifting above the surface of Comet 67P as it descended, and then making a big bounce after its first touchdown.
A two-image mosaic captured by Rosetta’s lander, Philae, on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.