Soberanes Creek wildfire in California
NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a natural-color image of the Soberanes fire as smoke blew north and east over the California Coast Ranges and into the Central Valley.
Dust storm across the Taklimakan desert
The Taklimakan desert is one of the driest, most barren expanses on Earth. Flanked by mountain ranges on three sides and parched by the resulting rain shadow, parts of the desert receive no more than …
Heavy snowfall in Lesotho, Africa
The heaviest snow in two decades blanketed Lesotho, Africa in late July 2016. The storm prompted the airlifts of at least eight tourists, and caused the deaths of several shepherds in the Joe Gqabi District …
Typhoon Nida makes landfall near Hong Kong
NASA's Terra satellite flew over Typhoon Nida shortly after it made landfall just north of Hong Kong.
South-central Brazil speckled with red hotspots
The tan landscape of south-central Brazil was speckled with red hotspots in mid-July 2016 as smudges of smoke hung over the greener coastal area near Rio de Janeiro.
Sea ice melt in the Beaufort Sea
Sea ice melt in the Beaufort Sea started early in 2016, with significant fracturing and melting observed by mid-April, thanks to unusually warm temperatures during the first few months of the year.
An ice eddy off the coast of Labrador, Canada
NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this true-color image of an ice eddy off the coast of Labrador, Canada, on July 2, 2016.
The Cook Strait, New Zealand
NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over New Zealand and acquired a striking true-color image centered on the Cook Strait.
Low water levels on Mozambique’s Lago de Cahora Bassa
Low water levels on Mozambique’s Lago de Cahora Bassa betrayed signs of stress in late July 2016.
B15: The world's largest iceberg
Dubbed B15, the iceberg was the world’s largest recorded iceberg since satellite monitoring (and accurate measurements) began. It measured over 11,000 square kilometers in size, which was larger than the island of Jamaica and slightly …
Smoke plumes hang over California, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington
Red boxes in this image mark the locations where MODIS detected warm surface temperatures associated with fire. Smoke plumes hang over several parts of California, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington; smoke is usually gray while clouds are brighter …
Tropical Storm Fiona in the eastern Atlantic Ocean
On August 17, Tropical Depression 6 had strengthened, prompting the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to upgrade it to Tropical Storm Fiona that same evening.