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Posted inRegional

The Perry Fire by Day and Night

July 31, 2018 – Editor’s note: Updates on the now 44,123-acre Perry Fire can be found here. The Perry Fire was one of 98 large, active wildfires burning in the United States on July 30, 2018. While this fire north of Reno, Nevada, was not the largest or most destructive, the position of its smoke […]

Posted inCalifornia

Satellite imagery shows deadly debris flows in Montecito

First there was fire. Then rain. And now deadly debris flows are devastating Montecito, California. Dozens of people are missing or dead, and at least 400 homes have been damaged or destroyed by fast-moving floods that swept mud, rocks, and charred timber from the Thomas fire scar. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired natural-color imagery of Montecito before and after […]

Posted inLife

Where It’s Christmas Every Day

December 26, 2017 – According to popular lore, Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. However, there are a few other locations that the trackers atNorth American Aerospace Defense Command kept an eye on when they monitored Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve this year. One spot is a small town east of Orlando where it is Christmas every day. That […]

Posted inCalifornia, Regional

Happy Winter Solstice 2017

December 21, 2017 – Welcome to December’s solstice, first day of winter in the north and summer for the southern hemisphere. Astronomical markers of the seasons, solstice and equinox dates are based on the Sun’s place in its annual journey along the ecliptic, through planet Earth’s sky. At this solstice, the Sun reaches its maximum southern declination […]

Posted inCalifornia

Satellite image of SoCal wildfires

December 5, 2017 – Thick smoke streamed from several fires in southern California when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer(MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image in the afternoon on December 5, 2017. The largest of the blazes—the fast-moving Thomas fire in Ventura County—had charred more than 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares) in less than a day, according to Cal […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Smoke Over the United States

September 5, 2017 – With dozens of wildfires burning across the western United States and Canada, many North Americans have had the acrid taste of smoke in their mouths during the past few weeks. On September 5, 2017, the National Interagency Fire Center reported more than 80 large fires burning in nine western U.S. states. People […]

Posted inCalifornia

NASA Earth Observatory: River in the Sky Keeps Flowing Over the West (Satellite Photo)

NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen and Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership February 22, 2017 – Yet another series of atmospheric rivers has drenched California and the American West in a stunning turnaround from five years of drought. Many parts of California have received nearly twice as much […]