The map above shows global temperature anomalies for 2000 to 2009. It depicts how much warmer or colder a region is compared to the norm for that region from 1951 to 1980. Global temperatures from 2000–2009 were on average about 0.6°C higher than they were from 1951–1980. The Arctic, however, was about 2°C warmer.
High speed imagery of the Oklahoma Tornadoes
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collected this view of the storm system that spawned a deadly tornado over Moore, Oklahoma May 20, 2013.
The Lena River, some 2,800 miles (4,400 km) long, is one of the largest rivers in the world. The Lena Delta Reserve is the most extensive protected wilderness area in Russia. It is an important refuge and breeding ground for many species of Siberian wildlife.
Courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory
New animation from NOAA shows satellite imagery of Hurricane Sandy and how it followed the National Hurricane Center’s track issued at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, October 25 2012.
A 150-foot-deep meltwater channel carves its way through the Greenland Ice Sheet, a vivid sign of the glacial melting affecting the vast Arctic island.
Photographer James Balog’s assistant stands above the channel, whose black bottom is composed of cryoconite, made up of silt and soot blown from afar.
Photo courtesy of James Balog
Hurricane Sandy After Landfall (October 30, 2012)
Hurricane Sandy made landfall along the southern New Jersey coast on the evening of October 29, 2012, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported.
As the storm came ashore, it continued to pack strong wings—roughly 85 miles (140 kilometers) per hour. Tide gauges recorded storm-surge heights of 12.4 feet (3.8 meters) at Kings Point, New York.
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The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13 (GOES-13) captured this natural-color image of Hurricane Sandy at 1:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (17:45 Universal Time) on October 28, 2012.
Note how a line of clouds from a continental weather system runs south to north along the Appalachian Mountains, approaching from the west to meet the offshore storm.
Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory