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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-14 Earth Aqua
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Tropical Storm Blas as observed by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) onboard NASA's Aqua in the year 2004.
PIA00436:
Tropical Storm Blas off the Pacific Coast of Mexico
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-30 Earth Aqua
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This image shows Hurricane Frances in August 2004 as captured by instruments onboard two different NASA satellites: the AIRS infrared instrument onboard Aqua, and the SeaWinds scatterometer onboard QuikSCAT.
PIA00435:
Hurricane Frances as Observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and SeaWinds Scatterometer
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-06-02 Earth Aqua
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This image shows average temperatures in April, 2003, observed by AIRS at an infrared wavelength that senses either the Earth's surface or any intervening cloud.
PIA00427:
Global Average Brightness Temperature for April 2003
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-06-14 Earth Aqua
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These four images of the Mediterranean were obtained concurrently on June 14, 2002 from the three instruments that make up the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder experiment system aboard NASA's Aqua spacecraft.
PIA00326:
AIRS First Light Data: Eastern Mediterranean, June 14, 2002
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-19 Earth Aqua
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This image from NASA's Aqua spacecraft shows how surface emissivity -- how efficiently Earth's surface radiates heat -- changed in several regions of Pakistan over a 32-day period between July 11 (pre-flood) and August 12 (post-flood).
PIA13342:
NASA's AIRS Detects Extent of Pakistan Flooding
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-11-18 Earth Aqua
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This visualization from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite shows variations in the three dimensional distribution of water vapor in the atmosphere during the summer and fall of 2005.
PIA11424:
Water Vapor Transport, June through November 2005 (Movie) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-05-22 Earth Aqua
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This graph made with data from the AIRS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite shows the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's mid-troposphere, located roughly between 3 to 6 miles (5 to 9 kilometers) in altitude.
PIA14435:
Concentration of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide from Earth's Mid-Troposphere, 2002 to 2013
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-11-09 Earth Aqua
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Created with data acquired by JPL's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument during July 2009 this image shows large-scale patterns of carbon dioxide concentrations that are transported around Earth by the general circulation of the atmosphere.
PIA12339:
Global Carbon Dioxide Transport from AIRS Data, July 2009
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-04-18 Earth Aqua
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NASA's Aqua satellite captured an infrared image of the storms on April 16, 2011 showing very cold, high cloud tops of the strong thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes in North Carolina and Virginia.
PIA14042:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Images April 16, 2011 Severe Storm/Tornado Outbreak
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-03 Earth Aqua
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Hurricane Alex captured on August 3, 2004, as observed by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) onboard NASA's Aqua.
PIA00440:
Hurricane Alex, located about 80 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, as observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS).
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-30 Earth Aqua
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Infrared image of Hurricane Katrina captured by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder onboard NASA's Aqua satellite in August, 2005.
PIA04178:
Hurricane Katrina as Observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-08-24 Earth Aqua
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NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument is able to peel back cloud cover to reveal 3-D structure of a storm's water vapor content, information that can be used to improve weather forecast models.
PIA07938:
AIRS Storm Front Approaching California (animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-26 Earth Aqua
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Hurricane Darby as observed by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) onboard NASA's Aqua in July, 2004.
PIA00439:
Hurricane Darby off the Pacific Coast of Mexico
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-23 Earth Aqua
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Hurricane Celia as observed by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) onboard NASA's Aqua in the year 2004.
PIA00438:
Hurricane Celia off the Pacific Coast of Mexico
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-09-15 Earth Aqua
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as seen by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounding System (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua.
PIA00431:
Hurricane Ivan as Observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-09-20 Earth Aqua
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a Category 5 storm.
PIA00430:
Hurricane Isabel, Amount of Atmospheric Water Vapor Observed By AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-11-13 Earth Aqua
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Mt. Etna, a volcano on the island of Sicily, erupted on October 26, 2002, as seen by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounding System (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua.
PIA00355:
Mt. Etna Eruption
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-09-26 Earth Aqua
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Hurricane Isidore as seen by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounding System (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua in 2002.
PIA00350:
Hurricane Isadore
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-07-13 Earth Aqua
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These images, taken over northern Europe on July 20, 2002, depict a few of the different views of Earth and its atmosphere that are produced by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder experiment system operating on NASA's Aqua spacecraft.
PIA00345:
AIRS First Light Data: Northern Europe, July 20, 2002
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-24 Earth Aqua
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Global tropospheric methane for August 2005 retrieved from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA09941:
AIRS-Retrieved Global Tropospheric Methane for August 2005
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-30 Earth Aqua
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Born in the Atlantic, Hurricane Frances became a category 4 hurricane on August 31, 2004, as seen by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounding System (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua.
PIA00433:
Hurricane Frances as Observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) - Total Water Vapor Time Series Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-22 Earth Aqua
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This infrared image show Tropical Depression Debbie in the Atlantic, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on August 22, 2006.
PIA00508:
Tropical Depression Debbie in the Atlantic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-07 Earth Aqua
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This frame from a movie shows alternating day and nighttime views of the plume of sulfur dioxide gas emitted by Calbuco, as observed by NASA's AIRS instrument onbpard NASA's Aqua spacecraft, from April 22 to May 4, 2015.
PIA19385:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Tracks Transport of Sulfur Dioxide from Chilean Volcanic Eruption (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-30 Earth Aquarius
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Data taken over three days by NASA's Aqua Satellite from October 14 through 16, and October 26 through 28, shows the high concentration and large extent of the fires over Indonesia are quite apparent.
PIA20042:
Carbon Monoxide in Mid-Troposphere over Indonesia Fires, October 2015
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-12 Earth Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius instrument on the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory gives an unprecedented look at a key factor involved in the formation of an oceanic wave feature in the tropical Pacific and Atlantic Oceans that influences global climate patterns.
PIA15799:
NASA's Aquarius Maps Ocean Salinity Structure
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-07 Earth Aquarius
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Tropical Storm Lee made landfall over New Orleans on Sept. 2-3, 2011, with predicted rainfall of 15 to 20 inches (38 to 51 centimeters) over southern Louisiana. These charts are from NASA's Aquarius spacecraft.
PIA15185:
NASA's Aquarius Detects Possible Effects of Tropical Storm Lee in Gulf
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-22 Earth Aquarius
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NASA's Aquarius instrument has produced its first global map of the salinity, or saltiness, of Earth's ocean surface, providing an early glimpse of the mission's anticipated discoveries.
PIA14786:
NASA's "Salt of the Earth" Aquarius Reveals First Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-08-21 Earth CloudSat
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CloudSat Profiling Radar (CPR)
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NASA' satellite CloudSat captured an extraordinary eye overpass of a category 4 Hurricane Bill on August 19, 2009 at 1720 UTC (1220 EDT). Bill's maximum sustained winds are 132 mph (115 knots) with a central pressure of 947 mb.
PIA12179:
Hurricane Bill Eye Overpass
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-15 Earth CloudSat
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NASA's CloudSat satellite captured an eye overpass of Super Typhoon Choi-Wan in the Western Pacific on September 15, 2009 at 0352Z.
PIA12198:
CloudSat Peers Into the Heart of a Super Typhoon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-17 Earth Jason-1 (Topex/Poseidon)
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This figure shows changes in global mean sea level as measured by satellite altimetry (NASA/CNES Topex/Poseidon and Jason-1; and NASA/CNES/NOAA/EUMETSAT Jason-2) between 1992 to 2012.
PIA16294:
After Brief Dip, Global Mean Sea Level Resumes Climb
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-07 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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The latest image of sea surface heights in the Pacific Ocean from NASA's Jason-2 satellite shows that the equatorial Pacific Ocean is now in its 10th month of being locked in what some call a neutral, or 'La Nada' state.
PIA16787:
Pacific Locked in 'La Nada' Limbo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-10-19 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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In this side-by-side visualization, Pacific Ocean sea surface height anomalies during the 1997-98 El Niño (left) are compared with 2015 Pacific conditions (right).
PIA20009:
NASA Studying 2015 El Niņo Event as Never Before Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-08-23 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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The North Pacific Ocean continues to run hot and cold, with abnormally low sea levels and cool waters in the northeastern Pacific contrasting with unusually high sea levels and warm waters in the northwestern Pacific.
PIA02403:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Pacific Ocean Conditions are Split: Cold in East, Hot in West, July 27, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-06-21 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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The cold pool of water in the Pacific known as 'La Nina' is beginning to fade, but ocean conditions have not returned to normal, according to scientists studying images from the U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA00031:
TOPEX El Niņo/La Niņa -La Niņa Begins to Fade, April 7, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-03-28 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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Data taken during a 10-day collection cycle ending March 9, 2001, show that above-normal sea-surface heights and warmer ocean temp. (red and white areas) still blanket the far-western tropical Pacific and much of the north (and south) mid-Pacific.
PIA00556:
Warm Ocean Temperatures Blanket the Far-Western Pacific
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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These four views of the Pacific Ocean were produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S./French TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite.
PIA00734:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - March thru June, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S./French TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite.
PIA00735:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - June 25, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S./French TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite.
PIA00736:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch- September 20, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S./French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA00741:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - October 3, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-14 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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These images of the Pacific Ocean near Indonesia were produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA00742:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Indonesia Area, December, 1996 and August, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-04-02 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA00837:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - El Niņo Warm Water Pool Returns to Near Normal State, Mar, 14, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-10-30 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S./French TOPEX/POSEIDON satellite.
PIA01053:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - October 23, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-11-20 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by the U.S./French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite. The image shows sea surface height relative to normal ocean conditions on Nov. 10, 1997.
PIA01085:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Warm Water Pool is Increasing, Nov. 10, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-12-08 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S./French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite. The image shows sea surface height relative to normal ocean conditions on Dec. 1, 1997.
PIA01099:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - "Double Peak" Pattern Complete, Dec, 1, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1997-12-19 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01140:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - El Niņo Rhythm, Dec, 10, 1997
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-11-04 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01164:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - El Niņo Warm Water Pool Decreasing, Jan, 08, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-07-03 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01448:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Warm Water Pool is Thinning, Feb, 5, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-11-04 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01449:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Satellite shows El Niņo-related Sea Surface Height, Mar, 14, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-07-03 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This series of six images shows the evolution of atmospheric water vapor over the Pacific Ocean during the 1998 El Niņo condition.
PIA01450:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Moisture in the Atmosphere, Jan & Feb, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-07-03 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01451:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - El Niņo is Still Lingering in the Pacific May 3, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-07-03 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01453:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - El Niņo in Retreat, Pacific in Transition, June 14, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-07-21 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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Height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite. The image shows sea surface height relative to normal ocean conditions on July 11, 1998; sea surface height is an indicator of the heat content of the ocean.
PIA01461:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Satellite shows Pacific Stabilizing, July 11, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-09-26 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01473:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Little Change in Pacific, August 13, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-09-26 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01474:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Satellite Shows Pacific Running Hot and Cold, September 12, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-12-05 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01497:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa looks "frozen" in Pacific, November 8, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-12-05 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01498:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Topex/Poseidon Shows Unusual Pacific, November 29, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-04-15 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea-surface height measurements taken by NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01525:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Weakening, January 17, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-04-15 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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The cold pool of water in the Pacific known as La Niņa still persists, although it is slowly weakening, according to scientists studying new data from NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA01526:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Hangs On, February 27, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-06-21 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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New sea surface height measurements from NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon satellite show that the sea level and temperature of the entire Pacific is 'out of balance,' including a large area of abnormally cool water along the west coast of North America.
PIA01528:
TOPEX El Niņo/La Niņa - Entire Pacific is out of Whack, April 7, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-08-23 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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Lingering just a month ago in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the La Niņa phenomenon, with its large volume of chilly water, barely has a pulse this month, according to new satellite data from NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon mission.
PIA01586:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Barely Has a Pulse, June 18, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-11-18 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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A repeat of last year's mild La Niņa conditions -- with a stormy winter in the Pacific Northwest and a dry winter in the southwestern United States -- will be the likely outcome of sea-surface heights observed by NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA02436:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Conditions Likely to Prevail, October 10, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-12-01 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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Unusually warm ocean temperatures off Asia and cool waters in the eastern and equatorial Pacific are signaling La Niņa's mild return, according to the latest sea-surface heights observed by the joint NASA-French space agency's TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
PIA02437:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Mild La Niņa Conditions Developing, November 12, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-01-21 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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A giant horseshoe pattern of higher than normal sea-surface heights developing over the last year is beginning to dominate the entire western Pacific and Asiatic oceans.
PIA02448:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Persistence May be Part of Larger Climate Pattern, January 8, 2000
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-05-07 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon data, collected over a 10-day sampling cycle from March 1 to 11, 2000, showed a La Niņa condition.
PIA02460:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - La Niņa Still a "cool" Problem Child, March 23, 2000
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-07-06 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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After dominating the tropical Pacific Ocean for more than two years, the 1998-2000 La Niņa 'cool pool' is continuing its slow fade and seems to be retiring from the climate stage, according to satellite data from NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon mission.
PIA02935:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Strong, Long-lasting La Niņa Just Fading Away, June 19, 2000
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After three years of El Niņo and La Niņa, the Pacific is finally calming down in the tropics but still shows signs of being abnormal elsewhere, according to the satellite data from NASA's U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon mission.
PIA02969:
TOPEX/El Niņo Watch - Los Niņos may be Gone, But Pacific Pattern Remains August 14, 2000
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-08-27 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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These data, taken during a 10-day collection cycle ending August 18, 2001, show that above-normal sea-surface heights and warmer ocean temperatures still blanket the far-western tropical Pacific and much of the north (and south) mid-Pacific.
PIA03457:
Pacific Decadal Oscillation Still Rules in Pacific; No Niņo Anytime Soon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-11-07 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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Like fall and winter of 2000, this year NASA's Topex/Poseidon satellite data shows that the Pacific ocean continues to be dominated by the strong Pacific Decadal Oscillation, which is larger than the El Niņo/La Niņa pattern.
PIA03460:
Pacific Decadal Oscillation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-07-03 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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The Pacific Ocean doesn't show signs of anything that looks like the whopper El Niņo of 1997-1998, according to the latest information from NASA's U.S.-French ocean-observing satellite Topex/Poseidon.
PIA03850:
Pacific Ocean in Holding Pattern for El Niņo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-08-22 Earth TOPEX/Poseidon
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This NASA Topex/Poseidon image of sea-surface heights was taken during a 10-day collection cycle ending August 7, 2002.
PIA03855:
Watching for the Next El Niņo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-12-12 Earth Jason-1
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The latest image from NASA's Jason oceanography satellite, taken during a 10-day collection cycle ending December 2, 2002, shows the Pacific dominated by two significant areas of higher-than-normal sealevel (warmer ocean temperatures).
PIA03889:
El Niņo Continues to Grow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-07-14 Earth Jason-1
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Since the weak El Niņo event of last winter, the equatorial Pacific has cooled and oceanographers have been on a La Niņa 'watch.' Thus far, equatorial waters have seesawed between cooling and the present slight warming.
PIA04622:
Where is La Niņa?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2003-11-18 Earth Jason-1
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A Mostly Quiet Pacific
PIA04878:
A Mostly Quiet Pacific
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-30 Earth Jason-1
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Pacific Dictates Droughts and Drenchings
PIA05071:
Pacific Dictates Droughts and Drenchings
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-13 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending June 15, 2004.
PIA06380:
Pacific Decadal Oscillation Influences Drought (June 15, 2004)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-07-13 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending June 27, 2004.
PIA06381:
Pacific Decadal Oscillation Influences Drought (June 27, 2004)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-08-04 Earth Jason-1
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Sea-level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending July 27, 2004, show weaker than normal trade winds in the western and central equatorial Pacific have triggered an eastward moving, warm Kelvin wave.
PIA06751:
Warm Pacific Water Wave Heads East, But No El Niņo Yet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-11-16 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea-level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending November 15, 2004.
PIA05078:
El Nino: Pumping Up or Fizzling Out?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-01-12 Earth Jason-1
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Displayed in blue color is the height of sea surface (shown in blue) measured by NASA's Jason satellite two hours after the initial magnitude 9 earthquake hit the region (shown in red) southwest of Sumatra on December 26, 2004.
PIA07219:
NASA/French Satellite Data Reveal New Details of Tsunami
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-03-14 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea-level height data from NASA's U.S./France Jason altimetric satellite during a 10-day cycle ending February 22, 2005, show that the central equatorial Pacific continues to exhibit an area of higher-than-normal sea surface heights.
PIA07456:
El Niņo: The Weak, Getting Weaker
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-21 Earth Jason-1
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This sea surface height map of the Gulf of Mexico, with the Florida peninsula on the right and the Texas-Mexico Gulf Coast on the left, is based on altimeter data from four satellites including NASA’s Topex/Poseidon and Jason.
PIA06428:
Rita Roars Through a Warm Gulf (September 21, 2005)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-22 Earth Jason-1
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This sea surface height map of the Gulf of Mexico, with the Florida peninsula on the right and the Texas-Mexico Gulf Coast on the left, is based on altimeter data from four satellites including NASA’s Topex/Poseidon and Jason.
PIA06427:
Rita Roars Through a Warm Gulf (September 22, 2005)
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Tropical Cyclone Heat Potential (TCHP) field in the Gulf of Mexico during September 22, 2005. The path of Hurricane Rita is indicated with circles spaced every 3 hours with their size and color representing intensity (see legend).
PIA06342:
NASA Data Helps Track Heat Potential Fueling Rita
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-10-21 Earth Jason-1
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This sea surface height map of the Gulf of Mexico and the northwestern Caribbean Sea, with the Florida peninsula on the upper right, is based on altimeter data from three satellites including NASA's Jason-1.
PIA03055:
Wilma's Trek Through Warm Caribbean/Gulf Waters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-01-13 Earth Jason-1
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The tropical Pacific Ocean is beginning to exhibit the characteristics of a developing La Niņa condition.
PIA03665:
She's Back? La Niņa Developing?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-30 Earth Jason-1
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In early 2006, a weak La Niņa event kept the temperatures in the Pacific Ocean along the equator a little cooler than normal.
PIA08501:
Pacific Climate Calm
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-10-10 Earth Jason-1
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In September 2006, NASA satellite data indicated that El Niņo had returned to the tropical Pacific Ocean, although it was relatively weak.
PIA01939:
Jason Satellite Observes Mild El Nino in 2006
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-12-07 Earth Jason-1
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Recent sea-level height data from NASA's Jason-1 altimetric satellite show that continuing weaker-than-normal trade winds in the western and central equatorial Pacific have triggered another strong, eastward moving, warm Kelvin wave.
PIA09038:
Jason Celebrates 5th Anniversary as El Niņo Builds, Warm Kelvin Wave Surges Toward South America
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-03-02 Earth Jason-1
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New data of sea-level heights from early February, 2007, by the Jason altimetric satellite show that the tropical Pacific Ocean has transitioned from a warm (El Niņo) to a cool (La Niņa) condition during the prior two months
PIA09208:
Pacific Shows Signs of Morphing From Warm El Nino To Cool La Nina
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This pair of images from the radar altimeter instrument on NASA's U.S./France Jason mission reveals information on wind speeds and wave heights of Tropical Cyclone Gonu, which reached Category 5 strength in the Arabian Sea prior to landfall in early June.
PIA09602:
Jason Tracks Powerful Tropical Cyclone Gonu's High Winds, Waves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-11-07 Earth Jason-1
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The tropical Pacific Ocean remains in the grips of a cool La Niņa, as shown by new data of sea-level heights from mid-October of 2007, collected by NASA's U.S-French Jason altimetric satellite.
PIA10110:
La Niņa Persists
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-04-22 Earth Jason-1
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One of the strongest La Niņas in many years is slowly weakening but continues to blanket the Pacific Ocean near the equator, as shown by new sea-level height data collected by NASA's U.S.-French Jason oceanographic satellite.
PIA10377:
Larger Pacific Climate Event Helps Current La Niņa Linger
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-24 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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NASA's Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2, launched on June 20, 2008, wasted no time getting to work. The satellite's radar altimeter collected its first data a little more than 48 hours after launch.
PIA11197:
Newest Ocean-Observing Satellite Records Recent Sea Level Changes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-04-27 Earth Jason-1
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OSTM/Jason-2 and Jason-1 Tandem Mission View of the Gulf Stream
PIA11997:
OSTM/Jason-2 and Jason-1 Tandem Mission View of the Gulf Stream Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-10-29 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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Pools of warm water known as Kelvin waves can be seen traveling eastward along the equator (black line) in this image from the NASA/French Space Agency Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 satellite.
PIA12334:
Waves That Feed El Niņos
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-12-17 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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The most recent sea-level height data from the NASA/European Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 oceanography satellite show the continued eastward progression of a strong wave of warm water, known as a Kelvin wave, now approaching South America.
PIA12404:
El Niņo Surges; Warm Kelvin Wave Headed for South America
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-03-16 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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Recent sea-level height data from NASA's Jason-2 oceanography satellite show a weakening of trade winds in western and central equatorial Pacific during late-January through February has triggered yet another strong, eastward-moving Kelvin wave.
PIA12962:
El Niņo's Last Stand?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-06-22 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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This image from NASA's European Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 shows that the moderate El Niņo of the past year has officially bowed out, leaving his cool sibling, La Niņa, poised to potentially take the equatorial stage.
PIA13211:
Adios El Niņo, Hello La Niņa?
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-06 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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The latest image of Pacific Ocean sea surface heights from the NASA's OSTIM/Jason-2 oceanography satellite, on June 11, 2010, shows that Pacific has switched from warm (red) to cold (blue) during the last few months.
PIA14383:
La Niņa's Exit Leaves Climate Forecasts in Limbo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-31 Earth Jason-1
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Warming water and melting land ice have raised global mean sea level 4.5 centimeters (1.7 inches) from 1993 to 2008. But the rise is by no means uniform.
PIA11002:
Portrait of a Warming Ocean and Rising Sea Levels:
Trend of Sea Level Change 1993-2008

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