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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 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 2004-07-23 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 2004-07-26 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 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 2004-08-03 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.
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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 2004-08-12 Earth Aqua
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Tropical storm Bonnie, Gulf of Mexico, captured on August 3, 2004 by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) onboard NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA00441:
Tropical Storm Bonnie as Observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-07-20 Earth Aqua
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This is an AIRS infrared image of Tropical Storm Beryl in the western Atlantic, from the NASA's Aqua satellite on July 20, 2006, 1:30 am local time. The image shows the temperature of the cloud tops or the surface of the Earth in cloud-free regions.
PIA08613:
Tropical Storm Beryl as Observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-10 Earth Aqua
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This is an infrared image of Typhoon Saomai from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on August 10, 2006.
PIA08652:
Typhoon Saomai as seen by AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-17 Earth Aqua
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Infrared image of Hurricane Hector in the eastern Pacific were created with data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on August 17, 2006.
PIA00507:
Hurricane Hector in the Eastern Pacific
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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 2006-08-22 Earth Aqua
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This is an infrared image of Hurricane Ileana in the Eastern Pacific, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite on August 22, 2006.
PIA00509:
Hurricane Ileana in the Eastern Pacific
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-28 Earth Aqua
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This infrared image shows Tropical Storm Ernesto over Cuba, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite in August, 2006.
PIA00510:
Tropical Storm Ernesto over Cuba
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-08-29 Earth Aqua
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This infrared image shows Typhoon Ioke in the Western Pacific, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite in August, 2006.
PIA00511:
Typhoon Ioke in the Western Pacific
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-09-03 Earth Aqua
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This infrared image shows Tropical Depression 6 (Florence) in the Atlantic, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite in September, 2006.
PIA00512:
Tropical Depression 6 (Florence) in the Atlantic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-15 Earth Aqua
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In July of 2005, a continent-sized cloud of hot air and dust originating from the Sahara Desert crossed the Atlantic Ocean and headed towards Florida and the Caribbean, captured by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder onboard NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA00448:
Sahara Dust Cloud
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-09-22 Earth Aqua
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In September, 2005, Rita was a category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph and a central pressure of 897 millibar when positioned approximately 470 southeast of Galveston, Texas.
PIA00449:
Hurricane Rita as Observed by NASA's Spaceborne Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-24 Earth Aqua
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Map of carbon monoxide draped on globe: time Series from 8/1/2005 to 9/30/2005 from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA09936:
AIRS Map of Carbon Monoxide Draped on Globe: Time Series from 8/1/2005 to 9/30/2005 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-07-24 Earth Aqua
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Ozone burden during Antarctic winter: time series from 8/1/2005 to 9/30/2005 from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA09938:
AIRS Ozone Burden During Antarctic Winter: Time Series from 8/1/2005 to 9/30/2005 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-11 Earth Aqua
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A series of fires across Greece in August of 2007 burned 469,000 acres, visualized here by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA09923:
Visualization of Fires in Greece as seen by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-03-17 Earth Aqua
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Water vapor is the dominant greenhouse gas in our atmosphere. Mean clear air precipitable water, 500mb to top of atmosphere from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA10242:
Mean Clear Air Precipitable Water, 500mb to TOA from AIRS data
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Earth Aqua
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Visible image of Hurricane Dean, at the coast of Mexico from Manzanillo to Mazatlan in August, 2007, from Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA10646:
Hurricane Dean
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-15 Earth Aqua
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Visible image of Tropical Storm Erin, the Atlantic Ocean 210 miles south of Galveston, Texas, August, 2007, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA10647:
Tropical Storm Erin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-08-18 Earth Aqua
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Visible image of Typhoon Sepat, western Pacific Ocean, southeast coast of China, August, 2007, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA10648:
Typhoon Sepat
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-09-03 Earth Aqua
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These infrared and microwave images were created with data retrieved by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite, and show the remnants of the former Hurricane Felix over Central America, September, 2007.
PIA10649:
Hurricane Felix
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-07-22 Earth Aqua
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Carbon monoxide from California's wildfire, a visualization created using data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite, June-July, 2008.
PIA10973:
Carbon Monoxide from California's Wildfire - a Visualization Created Using Data from NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-06 Earth Aqua
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Transport of dust from China Dust Storm of April 2006, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA11009:
Transport of Dust from China Dust Storm of April 2006 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-13 Earth Aqua
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Hurricane Isabel isotherms as the storm moved across the Atlantic Ocean in September, 2003, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA11032:
Hurricane Isabel Isotherms Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-13 Earth Aqua
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Supertyphoon Pongsona isotherms as it hit the island of Guam, December of 2002, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA11033:
Supertyphoon Pongsona Isotherms Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-08-14 Earth Aqua
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A series of maps of the transport of carbon monoxide generated by Alaska Fires, July 2004, created by data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA11034:
Transport of Carbon Monoxide Generated by Alaska Fires, July 2004 Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-17 Earth Aqua
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The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) onboard NASA's Aqua satellite collects data and creates a temperature profile, September, 2008.
PIA11171:
AIRS Collects Data and Creates a Temperature Profile Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-09-22 Earth Aqua
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AIRS global distribution of mid-tropospheric carbon dioxide at 8-13 km altitudes between July 2003 and 2007, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA11186:
AIRS Global Distribution of Mid-Tropospheric Carbon Dioxide at 8-13 km Altitudes
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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 2009-02-19 Earth Aqua
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Carbon monoxide from the Australian fires of February, 2009, as seen by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA11807:
Carbon Monoxide from the Australian Fires of Feb 2009 as seen by AIRS Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-04 Earth Aqua
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Carbon monoxide in the smoke from the Station fire was lofted high into the atmosphere, where it was observed by JPL's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument onboard NASA's Aqua satellite. Animation available at the Photojournal.
PIA12195:
Concentration and Transport of Carbon Monoxide from the California Wildfires Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-09-24 Earth Aqua
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A major dust storm moved across the eastern and northeastern regions of Australia on Sept. 23, 2009, out towards the Pacific as seen by NASA's Aqua satellite.
PIA12239:
Australia's Red Dawn
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-04-15 Earth Aqua
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NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the volcano on April 15, capturing this image of the ash plume. The image shows the ash cloud being carried over the Shetland Islands and onward to Europe.
PIA13041:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Captures Ash Cloud from Icelandic Volcano
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-17 Earth Aqua
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Images made with data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on NASA's Aqua satellite, show sulfur dioxide released from the volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.
PIA13142:
Sulfur Dioxide in Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Cloud as seen by AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-08-07 Earth Terra
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NASA's Aqua spacecraft tracked the concentration and transport of carbon monoxide from Russian fires in 2010, during which time some 558 fires were burning.
PIA13317:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Tracks Pollution from Russian Wildfires
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-02 Earth Aqua
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This visible image from NASA's Aqua satellite Jan. 31 shows thickening clouds along a developing intense front in the plains and Midwestern states that will produce excessive snow, freezing rain, sleet, and wind in those areas.
PIA13831:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Captures Data on Monster Winter Storm Affecting 30 States
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-28 Earth Aqua
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The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite sees sulfur dioxide plume from Iceland's Grímsvötn Volcano when it erupted May, 2011.
PIA14173:
NASA's AIRS Sees Sulfur Dioxide Plume from Iceland's Grímsvötn Volcano Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-26 Earth Aqua
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NASA's Aqua spacecraft has illustrated surface air and skin temperature for the period from July 16-24, showing movement of a dome of heat across the eastern two-thirds of the country. See More Details for the movies.
PIA14480:
NASA AIRS Movies Show Evolution of U.S. 2011 Heat Wave Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-02 Earth Aqua
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NASA's Aqua spacecraft continues to track the gradual organization of Tropical Storm Emily, as seen in this image taken Aug. 2, 2011 at 1:05 p.m. EDT. At that time, the storm was located about 270 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
PIA14515:
NASA Image Shows a Slightly Stronger Emily
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-27 Earth Aqua
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This frame from a movie was produced with data from NASA's Aqua spacecraft showing the spread of carbon monoxide pollution across North America from fires in the Western U.S., including the Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho and the Rim Fire in California.
PIA17433:
NASA's AIRS Instrument Sees Spread of Pollution from Western Wildfires Animation Icon
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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 2003-09-18 Earth Aqua
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This false-color image shows Hurricane Isabel viewed by the AIRS and AMSU-A instruments at 1:30 EDT in the morning of Thursday September 18, 2003.
PIA00428:
Hurricane Isabel
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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 2011-07-29 Earth Aqua
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NASA's Aqua spacecraft passed over Tropical Storm Don at 8:17 UTC (1:17 a.m. EDT) on July 29, 2011. Texas is experiencing exceptional drought conditions; Tropical Storm Don may bring relief.
PIA14499:
NASA Satellite Tracks Texas-Bound Tropical Storm Don
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-05-11 Earth Aqua
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Visualization of the formation and evolution of the Antarctic Vortex (ozone hole) over the South Pole from Sept. 1 to Dec. 4, 2014, created using data from NASA's Aqua spacecraft.
PIA20664:
Ozone Hole Formation Over South Pole Observed by NASA's AIRS Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-06 Earth Aqua
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NASA's Aqua spacecraft spied Hurricane Matthew, currently an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, continues to bear down on the southeastern United States.
PIA21092:
A Look at Hurricane Matthew from NASA's AIRS
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Add Image to Favorite List 2016-10-07 Earth Aquarius
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At 11:29 p.m. PDT on Oct. 6 (2:29 a.m. EDT on Oct. 7), NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite produced this false-color infrared image of Matthew as the storm moved up Florida's central coast.
PIA21097:
NASA's AIRS Examines Hurricane Matthew's Cloud Top Temperatures
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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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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 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 Niño Watch - Topex/Poseidon Shows Unusual Pacific, November 29, 1998
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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 Niño Watch - La Niña Weakening, January 17, 1999
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-01-30 Earth Jason-1
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The image from NASA's Jason satellite show that the equatorial Pacific sea surface levels are higher, indicating warmer sea surface temperatures in the central and west Pacific Ocean on Jan. 23, 2004.
PIA05071:
Pacific Dictates Droughts and Drenchings
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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 Niño 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 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2009-03-26 Earth Jason-1
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This is the first global map of ocean surface topography produced with data from the new interleaved tandem mission of NASA's Jason-1 and Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellites.
PIA11859:
First Jason-1 and OSTM/Jason-2 Tandem Global View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-05-24 Earth OSTM/Jason-2
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The northern portion of the Gulf of Mexico's Loop Current, shown in red, appears about to detach a large ring of current, creating a separate eddy. An eddy is a large, warm, clockwise-spinning vortex of water -- the ocean's version of a cyclone.
PIA13155:
Birth of a Loop Current Eddy
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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 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 Niña '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 Niño Watch - Strong, Long-lasting La Niña Just Fading Away, June 19, 2000
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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 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 Niño/La Niña 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 Niño 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 Niño
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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 Niño Continues to Grow
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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 2005-09-21 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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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 Niño Yet
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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 2006-05-30 Earth Jason-1
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In early 2006, a weak La Niña 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 2006-12-07 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 Niño 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 Niño) to a cool (La Niña) condition during the prior two months
PIA09208:
Pacific Shows Signs of Morphing From Warm El Nino To Cool La Nina
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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 Niña, 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 Niña Persists
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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 Niño/La Niña -La Niña 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 Niño 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 Niño 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 Niño 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 Niño 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 Niño 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 Niño Watch - El Niño 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 Niño 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 Niño 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 Niño 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 Niño Watch - El Niño 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 Niño Watch - El Niño 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 Niño 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 Niño Watch - Satellite shows El Niño-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 Niño condition.
PIA01450:
TOPEX/El Niño 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 Niño Watch - El Niño is Still Lingering in the Pacific May 3, 1998
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-12-13 Earth Jason-1
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The latest image of sea-surface height measurements from NASA's U.S./French Jason-1 oceanography satellite shows the Pacific Ocean remains locked in a strong, cool phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.
PIA11710:
Oscillation Rules as the Pacific Cools
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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 Niños
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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 Niño's Last Stand?
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