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June 5, 2020
On May 31, 2020, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of developing Tropical Storm Amanda in the eastern Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Guatemala. Credit: NASA Worldview Tropical Storm Amanda, the first of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season, formed on Sunday, May 31, along the coast of Guatemala and quickly moved inland, bringing heavy rainfall and flooding to El Salvador and Guatemala. The remnants of the storm system...

 

May 17, 2020
This preliminary Flood Proxy Map (FPM) shows areas that are likely flooded (light blue pixels of 4m in size) in Midland City, Michigan, due to the failure of the Edenville and Sanford Dams. This map should be used as guidance to identify areas that are li
Heavy rainfall in central Michigan starting on May 17, 2020 has caused significant flooding in Midland County, with news reports indicating damage to roadways, homes and business. The governor of Michigan has declared a state of emergency and ordered more than 10,000 residents of Edenville and Sanford to evacuate. The floods have also resulted in the failure of the Edenville Dam the evening of May 19th and the Sanford Dam several hours later, causing additional flooding around the Tittabawassee River region. Flooding from the Edenville Dam is suspected to have breached the walls of Dow...

 

May 16, 2020
Natural-color image of Cyclone Amphan from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite, acquired just prior to landfall at 1 p.m. India Standard Time (07:30 Universal Time) on May 20th, 2020. Credit: NASA
Cyclone Amphan formed on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in the Northern Indian Ocean and was initially designated Tropical Cyclone 01B. It quickly strengthened to a Category 5 cyclone as it moved north in the Bay of Bengal, making it the most powerful cyclone to form in the Bay of Bengal to date. Cyclone Amphan made landfall at 0900 UTC (2:30 PM local time) on May 20, 2020 as a Category 2-equivelent storm on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, with winds measuring 90 knots (165 kilometers / 105 miles per hour). Landfall occurred near the India-Bangladesh border along the northern edge of the Bay of Bengal...

 

May 12, 2020
Watersheds in Africa that are experiencing a flood watch (red), warning (orange), or advisory (green) conditions on May 5th and 6th as determined by model outputs from the ROSES A.37 “Advancing Access to Global Flood Modeling and Alerting” project. Credit
From March through May 2020 multiple countries in central and east Africa have continued to experience heavier and more widespread than usual rainfall in the “long-rains” season, leading to transboundary flooding and food insecurity. In recent weeks rising waters have impacted vulnerable settlements along riverbanks, with news reports indicating hundreds of people losing lives to overflowing rivers and mudslides and thousands of others displaced. Active monitoring for detection of flood risk and awareness of the ongoing extent and severity of impacts are necessary for stakeholders to act...

 

May 12, 2020
NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of Typhoon Vongfong as it was making landfall in the east central Philippines on May 14, 2020. The image revealed the eye was no longer visible. Credit: NASA Worldview
Typhoon Vongfong, known locally as Typhoon Ambo, formed as a low-pressure area in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, strengthened to a tropical cyclone on May 12th, and made landfall in the province of Eastern Samar in the Philippines around noon local time on May 14th as a category 3 typhoon. The storm brought winds of up to 100 miles per hour and heavy precipitation, prompting evacuations in the region. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of Typhoon Vongfong as it was making...

 

April 22, 2020
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this image showing the trail of damage caused by an EF-2 tornado that tore through Jasper and Newton counties in Texas. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data fro
In April 2020 many parts of the southern and central United States have experienced severe weather, including powerful thunderstorms that blew across eastern Texas and western Louisiana and spawned several tornadoes, some of which caused severe damage. The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program has activated to Tier 1 in support of response and recovery for these extreme weather events. Disasters program coordinators are working with stakeholders at the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) to provide support for utilizing NASA Earth-observing...

 

April 8, 2020
On April 5, 2020, NOAA-NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of the human caused wildfire that broke out near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. This is the same power plant that was the scene of the nuclear accident that occurred on S
Forest fires have been burning near the site of the Chernobyl, Ukraine nuclear disaster since early April. Some of these fires are taking place within the “Exclusion Zone”, the 1,000-square-mile region surrounding the nuclear power plant which restricts access to areas contaminated with radiation from the 1986 disaster. This introduces the possibility that smoke plumes rising from the fires could transport dangerous radioactive particles into the atmosphere and into other regions, presenting a health and air quality risk to local populations. NASA's Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program...

 

April 6, 2020
On April 10, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra provided a visible image of Extra-tropical Cyclone Harold in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).
Tropical Cyclone Harold developed from a low pressure system that was observed to the east of Papua New Guinea, and tracked to the southeast where it peaked as a Category 5 cyclone on April 6th, 2020. The cyclone brought destructive high winds and extreme rainfall to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tonga. The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Program has activated to Tier 1 response for Cyclone Harold and is monitoring the situation to determine what NASA resources and capabilities may be available to support response and recovery for the event. The Disasters Program is working with...

 

April 1, 2020
The International Disasters Charter has been activated for fires in Guatemala, which have affected approximately 450 square kilometers to date, particularly in the states of Jalapa and Peten. Many of these fires are in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, an important ecological region that contains some of the last forest reserves left in Guatemala. The Tikal and Mirador ruins, important historical sites, are also close to the fire zones The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program has...

 

March 27, 2020
Active fires in Colombia and Venezuela detected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite on March 27th, 2020. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Starting in March 2020 a number of active fires have been detected by satellites in the region around the northwestern border of Columbia and Venezuela. These fires have impacted Ciénagas del Catatumbo National Park and have brought smoke southwest toward the city of Cucuta, Colombia. The regions 2020 fire season is registering as one of the most active in the MODIS record since 2003. The NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program has activated to Tier 1 for these fires and is monitoring the situation to determine what NASA resources and capabilities may be available to support response...

 

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