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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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NOAA: Hottest August On Record. Ocean Temperatures Smash Old Record 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2014-09-20 00:09:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (38 visits) info

The NOAA, National Climate Data Center has released the global summary of temperatures this summer. It was the hottest June-August period on record, and August was also the hottest on record globally. Ocean temperatures were also hottest on record. NASA, and the Japanese Metr. Agency also compile the data (using a slightly different method ), and they also showed record temps. Here is the data from NCDC: Global Highlights The

The Holuhraun Lava Field (Iceland) News [2014-09-14 16:05:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (38 visits) info

NASA’s Earth Observatory has an interesting satellite image of a lava flow in the Holuhraun Lava Field, located between Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes. The image also shows impressive features in the surrounding bedrock and adjacent Vatnajokull ice

September 8, 2014 News [2014-09-07 18:10:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

Fracking with Liquid Nitrogen ? Houston Chronicle Shale Basins Where Water is Scarce Los Angeles Times Icy Aquifers on Titan Transform Methane Rainfall NASA News Lava Flow Approaches Community in Hawaii Diverting a Lava Flow in Hawaii ? Hawaii News Now Continuing Hazards at the Mesa County Mudslide ? Denver Post Explosion Traps Miners

This Is Why Canada and The West Are Burning 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2014-08-08 23:45:49]  recommend  recommend this post  (63 visits) info

NASA posted this map of the temperature anomalies over North America for July, and you can easily see why we there is so much wildfire activity in the U.S. West and Canada North. This is why dense smoke is travelling thousands of miles to the Eastern Seaboard. The heat out west has now pushed much of California into Exceptional Drought”

Solving the Mysteries of Carbon Dioxide 

State of the Planet [2014-07-31 02:38:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (58 visits) info
About 50 percent of the CO2 produced by human activity remains in the atmosphere, warming the planet. But scientists don’t know where and how oceans and plants have absorbed the rest of the manmade CO2. To try to answer these questions, on July 2, 2014, NASA launched the $468 million Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), its first Earth remote sensing satellite dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide from

101 Geysers and More on Icy Saturn Moon News [2014-07-30 08:01:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

“Scientists using mission data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water to reach from the moon’s underground sea all the way to its surface.” Quote and Image from NASA. Related: What is a

QuikScat Satellite to Monitor Sea Wind and Waves News [2014-07-08 13:33:30]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

Using data from NASA’s QuikScat, weather forecasters were able to predict hazardous weather events over oceans 6 to 12 hours earlier than before these data were available. Orange areas show where winds are blowing the hardest and blue shows relatively light winds. Image credit:

True Colour View of Arthur from NASA (Doppler sees winds at 100 MPH) 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2014-07-04 02:36:44]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

Frying Pan Shoals off the North Carolina coast caught a gust to 99 mph on their weather station. They were in the eye-wall of Hurricane Arthur at the time. Here on the Delmarva Peninsula there is a real risk of extreme rip currents behind the storm. With thousands of folks streaming to the Maryland and Delaware beaches for the holiday weekend, this is a serious threat. Something to think about:

Don’t weaponize space 

Lounge of the Lab Lemming [2014-07-01 15:42:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
On the Planetary Society  website, the normally responsible and pro-science Planetary Society has posted an opinion piece by Louis Freedman and Tom Jones asking NASA to reconsider its refusal to fund the Asteroid Redirect Mission.  In short, this is a mission to kidnap a small asteroid from elsewhere in the inner solar system, and redirect it towards the earth, hopefully parking it in the

A Transit of the Sun as Seen From Mars News [2014-06-17 13:42:39]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
“NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has imaged the planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, visible as a faint darkening that moves across the face of the sun. This is the first transit of the sun by a planet observed from any planet other than Earth, and also the first imaging of Mercury from Mars.

Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2): NASA's New Carbon Counter 

Gunnars Geo-Blog [2014-06-12 20:38:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

Has The Solar Cycle Peaked? NASA Says Probably. 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2014-06-11 02:35:32]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info
The 11 year solar cycle has apparently peaked, but it has been one of the weakest solar maxes of the modern era. The cycle is actually 22 years because at the end of 11 years, the sun’s magnetic field flips, and then flips again 11 years later. NASA has a video out today that explains more, and it’s important to note that some of the biggest solar storms can occur

Understanding Hazy Exoplanets News [2014-06-01 13:50:50]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info
“Scientists working with data from NASA’s Cassini mission have developed a new way to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets by using Saturn’s smog-enshrouded moon Titan as a

Smoke from the Funny River Fire News [2014-05-22 21:06:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

NASA Earth Observatory has a satellite image that shows the distribution path of smoke from the Funny River Fire, which as of today has burned 44,423 acres within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. More information about the fire at

Wildfires in California News [2014-05-16 13:12:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

Earth Observatory has a satellite image of Southern California that shows multiple wildfires that are visible from

A Greenhouse on Mars? News [2014-05-11 13:26:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info
“Researchers have proposed putting a plant-growth experiment on NASA’s next Mars rover, which is scheduled to launch in mid-2020 and land on the Red Planet in early 2021.” Quoted from The Christian Science

Oh, The Things You Can See From On High 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2014-04-24 03:15:24]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

I spent a little while looking at today’s images from NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites with their amazing MODIS imager that sends back true colour images from an altitude of around 700 km. Here are a few things I spotted in just a short period of browsing this evening. Click any image for a much larger view. Here is a view of just some Sahara sand blowing north into Greece

A New Moon Forming in the Rings of Saturn? News [2014-04-20 14:20:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known

Monitoring Sacramento River Levees with Radar? News [2014-04-10 14:25:06]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

“In the Sacramento River delta north of San Francisco Bay, islands, agricultural lands and communities below sea level are protected from surrounding water channels by more than 1,100 miles of dirt levees, many of which date back to the California Gold Rush.” NASA now has a method to monitor them using radar. Quote from the

Satellite Data and Corn Belt Productivity News [2014-04-10 13:35:17]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

“Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, the Midwest region of the United States boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists.” Quoted from the NASA press | Impressum