Simultaneous atmospheric rivers over Australia • Earth.com

Last update: September 20th, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features two huge bands of clouds known as atmospheric rivers stretching from the eastern Indian Ocean to Australia.

The clouds transported streams of moisture that led to intense rainfall on both sides of the continent.

According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, moisture-transporting atmospheric rivers occur all over the world and regularly hit Australia, but it is rare for two of the rainmakers to hit at once.

However, this type phenomenon could become much more common as a result of climate change.

The image was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NOAA-NASA Suomi NPP satellite.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

 

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