Tag Archives: Goddard Space Flight Center

Enormous Aquifer Discovered Under Greenland Ice Sheet

From NASA, I had to laugh at this statement: The water in the aquifer has the potential to raise global sea level by 0.016 inches (0.4 mm). That’s assuming it can get out sometime in the distant future. Greenland’s topography … Continue reading

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Leif Svalgaard at AGU on the Current Solar Cycle: ‘None of us alive have ever seen such a weak cycle’

WUWT’s resident solar expert Dr. Leif Svalgaard (and others) says  ‘None of us alive have ever seen such a weak cycle’  and the panel he was on talk about the current state of our solar cycle at the AGU Fall … Continue reading

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NASA to do summer aerial melt watch for Greenland

NASA Begins Airborne Campaign to Map Greenland Ice Sheet Summer Melt For the first time, a NASA airborne campaign will measure changes in the height of the Greenland Ice Sheet and surrounding Arctic sea ice produced by a single season … Continue reading

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Glacier in Antarctica does what glaciers do

From NASA, who has moved up from “Manhattans” to quarter states as a scale comparison unit: Antarctic Glacier Calves Iceberg One-Fourth Size of Rhode Island This week a European Earth-observing satellite confirmed that a large iceberg broke off of Pine … Continue reading

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NOAA GOES-13 satellite becomes first ever to recover from a micrometeoroid impact

I had been watching this, as my own weather imaging business was affected by it, and I wanted to wait to see if the fix held before writing about it. It has, and here’s the story from NOAA/NESDIS: NOAA returns … Continue reading

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Mysterious ‘electron stash’ found hidden among Van Allen belts

You’d think the science on the Van Allen Radiation belts was long ago considered “settled science”. Nope. And yet, while we discover new things like this, some insist we fully understand all aspects of the workings of Earth’s climate. Instruments … Continue reading

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New satellite to warn of severe weather by watching lightning

NOAA and NASA’s next generation weather satellite may provide earlier warnings A new satellite that will detect the lightning inside storm clouds may lead to valuable improvements in tornado detection. The GOES-R satellite is currently being built with new technology … Continue reading

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The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, Original Data For Science Posterity

Guest post by Dennis Ray Wingo Introduction The foundation of all observational science is data. This is true whether the data is temperature measurements from ground networks, satellites, or any other thing in nature that can be observed, quantified, and … Continue reading

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PODEX Experiment to reshape future of Atmospheric Science by getting a handle on aerosols and clouds

Polarimeter Definition Experiment (PODEX) in Southern California. The brightness, or “intensity,” and polarization of reflected light provide different information about the elements that make up a scene, apparent in this set of images collected by the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager … Continue reading

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NASA on the sun: ‘…tiny variations can have a significant effect on terrestrial climate.”

Researchers have considered the possibility that the sun plays a role in global warming. From NASA GSFC:  Solar Variability and Terrestrial Climate In the galactic scheme of things, the Sun is a remarkably constant star.  While some stars exhibit dramatic … Continue reading

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Some new climate surprises blow in with the dust

From NASA: Dust’s Warming Counters Half of its Cooling Effect Dust that routinely rises above the world’s deserts causes a more significant localized warming effect than previously thought, a new study based on NASA field research shows. In April 2008, … Continue reading

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Even NASA has gotten into the “Frankenstorm” meme

From NASA’s PR engine: NASA Sees Hurricane Sandy as the “Bride of Frankenstorm” Approaching U.S. East Coast NASA’s TRMM satellite revealed Hurricane Sandy’s heavy rainfall and the storm is expected to couple with a powerful cold front and Arctic air … Continue reading

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Cool pictures from space of recent CME event auroras

Overnight on October 4-5, 2012, a mass of energetic particles from the atmosphere of the Sun were flung out into space, a phenomenon known as a coronal mass ejection. Three days later, the storm from the Sun stirred up the … Continue reading

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Greenland Ice Melt every 150 years is ‘right on time’

UPDATE: see this new article on the issue, “Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time,” … Continue reading

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Siberian smoke tracked to North America

I wonder how much of the EPA’s perceived air pollution problems in the USA actually originate elsewhere? From NASA: Satellite Sees Smoke from Siberian Fires Reach the U.S. Coast Fires burning in Siberia recently sent smoke across the Pacific Ocean … Continue reading

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Global Hawk drones to be used to hunt hurricanes this year

From the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, it seems the days of the Orion P3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft may soon be numbered. NASA mission sending unmanned aircraft over hurricanes this year Beginning this summer and over the next several years, NASA … Continue reading

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Lightning induced Schumann Resonance may help divine exoplanets

From the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Science nugget: Lightning signature could help reveal the solar system’s origins Every second, lightning flashes some 50 times on Earth. Together these discharges coalesce and get stronger, creating electromagnetic waves circling around Earth, to … Continue reading

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NASA on the snow and the mild winter – AGW not mentioned

Despite the wailings at various blogs and news outlets about this mild winter in the USA being the result of global warming, NASA says otherwise. Not a mention of AGW, CO2, or any of that blame game can be found … Continue reading

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Tornado outbreak tracking

By Rob Gutro NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center A satellite animation of NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite imagery showed the movement of the front that triggered severe storms and tornadoes in several states on February 29, 2012. Today, NASA released a GOES … Continue reading

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NASA and multi-year Arctic ice and historical context

Over at NASA, they have a press release about old Arctic sea ice disappearing since 1980, including a helpful comparison widget that splits the before and after for comparison. I’ll run it in full below followed by comments. NASA Finds … Continue reading

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2010 Snowmageddon explained, sans global warming/climate change

The 2010 Snowmageddon event was quickly seized upon in an NYT op-ed by global warming zealot Al Gore as yet more proof of…climate…warming…mumble.. something. Yet in this NASA article highlighting a new peer reviewed paper, global warming/climate change isn’t even … Continue reading

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Hurricane Kenneth forms southwest of Baja

Late season Hurricane Kenneth forms in the eastern Pacific Click image above to animate the most current loop The hurricane season in the eastern Pacific isn’t over and Hurricane Kenneth serves as a reminder that the season ends November 30. … Continue reading

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Another satellite re-entry and burnup expected, this one may have been brought down by hackers

This is interesting. The ROSAT X-ray observatory is expected to burn up in about a week and it has quite a checkered and colorful history. According to Wikipedia, ROSAT was originally planned to be launched on the Space shuttle but … Continue reading

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NOAA Hurricane Image: Irene almost one-third the size of US east coast

From the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center NOAA satellites Hurricane Irene almost one-third the size of US east coast Hurricane Irene is a major hurricane, and NOAA/NASA satellite data shows its diameter is now about one-third the length of the U.S. Atlantic … Continue reading

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Imaging Hurricane Irene

From the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center TRMM gets a look at Irene, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite has been busy measuring rainfall within Hurricane Irene, and forecasts call for between 5 and … Continue reading

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Antarctic Ice shelf collapse – “worse than we thought”

Researchers Provide Detailed Picture of Ice Loss Following Collapse of Antarctic Ice Shelves An international team of researchers has combined data from multiple sources to provide the clearest account yet of how much glacial ice surges into the sea following … Continue reading

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Dora almost explores Category 5 – in the Eastern Pacific

Update:  4AM 7/22/2011:  Hurricane Dora nearly made it to Category 5 peaking at 135 knots maximum sustained winds.  Perhaps in the post-season reanalysis, the storm will be upgraded.  But, what’s more spectacular than it’s rapid intensification?  Dora has spectacularly weakened … Continue reading

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SDO sees ‘Dark Fireworks’ on the Sun

From Science@ NASA:  On June 7, 2011, Earth-orbiting satellites detected a flash of X-rays coming from the western edge of the solar disk. Registering only “M” (for medium) on the Richter scale of solar flares, the blast at first appeared … Continue reading

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Tropical Storm Beatriz – the six hour “shorty”

50 years ago, we’d never have counted this as a tropical storm. As outlined recently in New peer reviewed study: Surge in North Atlantic hurricanes due to better detectors, not climate change, its the technology that enables counting storms that would … Continue reading

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Satellite Composite Shows Chilean Volcano Plume Spreading Globally

Since its eruption in early June, several NASA satellites have captured images of the ash plume from the eruption of the Chilean Volcano called Puyehue-Cordón Caulle and have tracked it around the world. NASA has collected them in the NASA … Continue reading

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Where the plants are – new global fluorescence map

First-of-its-kind fluorescence map offers a new view of the world’s land plants Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., have produced groundbreaking global maps of land plant fluorescence, a difficult-to-detect reddish glow that leaves emit as a … Continue reading

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If NASA science was this easy to hack, CRU must have been child’s play

We still have no final report from the Norfolk police on whether the ClimateGate files were a hack, or an inside job by a whistleblower. However, we do have another example emerging today that illustrates that it seems rather easy … Continue reading

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Satellite based radar images April 28th tornado outbreak

From: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center TRMM Satellite sees massive thunderstorms in severe weather system The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite again flew over severe thunderstorms that were spawning tornadoes over the eastern United States on April 28 and … Continue reading

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We had to nuke the planet to save it from global warming

Eric Nielsen writes to me via Facebook: I find it disturbing the National Geographic would suggest something like this Well, um, yeah. This sort of thing is why I don’t subscribe to National Geographic anymore. Could there ever be a … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms proven to create antimatter

Thunderstorms have been shown to create positrons and send them to space. As the late, great, Johnny Carson of the Tonight Show used to say, “That is some weird, wild, stuff“. NASA’s Fermi Catches Thunderstorms Hurling Antimatter into Space Scientists … Continue reading

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