It consists of two images acquired by NASA’s Terra satellite almost exactly a year apart. Only 2016 was warmer, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service. You can watch the evolution of the bomb cyclone by clicking on the image above to access an animation created by the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.
That year received a very significant temperature boost from a strong El Niño, which is characterized by high surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Read More An animation of nighttime images captured by the GOES-16 weather satellite on December 28, 2017.
An image acquired by NASA’s Terra satellite shows thick, brownish smoke billowing across a large area of the Southern California coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara on Sunday, Dec. And whether it has been the size, the intensity, or the massive spread of billowing smoke, quite a few have horrified me.
So when I saw the view above of the Thomas Fire blazing between Ventura and Santa Barbara, it wasn’t as if I had never encountered anything like it. Perhaps I reacted in that way because I’ve spent quite a lot of time down there along that beautiful strand.
(Source: CIMSS Satellite Blog) Last night, my daughter called me from New York City to ask worriedly about the so-called bomb cyclone that was threatening the northeastern United States. And when revelers watch the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square on New Years Eve, they will have to endure forecast temperatures of 10°F – with a wind chill of -5°F.
The brisk northwesterly winds that have carried the bitterly cold Arctic air have given rise to beautiful cloud formations over the Atlantic Ocean.
Even so, when I first saw the thick smoke obscuring about a 50-mile swath of the coast and pouring out far over the Pacific, I gasped out loud. So I can well imagine what it must be like under that appalling pall of smoke.
Read More This animation of infrared images shows the rapid development of So Cal wildfires driven by strong Santa Ana winds starting on the evening of Dec. Heat from the fires is highlighted with black, yellow and red pixels. (Source: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies) Carl Engelking, Discover’s online editor, has put together a gallery of scarily dramatic images of the So Cal wildfires as seen from space.
These cloud formations are a well known phenomenon known as “cloud streets.” This graphic from NOAA, along with the explanation from NASA’s Earth Observatory, can help you visualize what’s going on: Read More It doesn’t really take much imagination to see the dark question mark forming and dissipating across most of the Sun’s surface in the animation above.
While downtown Boston streets were flooding and then freezing as a result of the powerful bomb cyclone that pummeled the U. The September 1 through Christmas period was the driest on record. From NOAA’s update: A wide area around the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States is currently in a severe drought according to the January 2 United States Drought Monitor.
From October 1 to January 5, an almost non-existent 0.01 inches of precipitation was recorded in Flagstaff, Arizona, according to an update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
With so little precipitation falling on the Southwest, snow cover in the region is very thin. There’s some snow in the mountains of Colorado at upper right. Read More Today brought another lesson about the difference between weather and climate.
The animation above offers a dramatic visual sense of that. While winds were howling, snow was blowing, and temperatures were plummeting thanks to the bomb cyclone off the U. East Coast, a European science agency announced that 2017 was the second warmest year in records dating back to the 1800s.