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September 1, 2017
GPM data from hurricane Irma on 9/5/17
NASA’s Earth Science Disaster Response Team program is actively engaged in interagency coordination activities surrounding Hurricane Irma’s impacts and longer-term recovery. Efforts are focused on supporting post-event assessments, including coordinating with partners across South Florida, development of post-event products from multiple satellite assets, and facilitating airborne data acquisition requests. NASA imagery will also continue to be used longer-term by scientists who will likely examine some of the longer-term impacts to the area’s vegetation and ecosystems, along with impacts...

 

August 21, 2017
GPM IMERG precipitation totals for Hurricane Harvey from August 21st - August 27th 2017.
NASA’s Earth Science Disaster Response Team continues to work with interagency remote sensing specialists on the interpretation of NASA and partner-derived products designed to capture the extent of coastal surge and inland riverine flooding throughout the areas impacted by the landfall and torrential, record-setting rains of Hurricane Harvey. NASA and partnering scientists will work with state and federal agency partners to assess the usefulness of imagery and products, look for opportunities to improve the quality, interpretation, and use of products, and support scientific studies on...

 

August 9, 2017
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images from Montenegro Wildfires 2017
Following extended high July temperatures and dry conditions along the coast of Montenegro and strong winds, wildfires spread across the Lustica peninsula. Several cities and towns were threatened by the fires including Podgorica (capital of Montenegro) Herceg Novi, and Tivat leading to evacuations of tourists and residents alike. Wildfires subsequently extended further along the Adriatic coastline, moving into neighboring Croatia. NASA remote sensing systems on The International Space Station (ISS) respond to International Disaster Charter events on a “best effort” basis, together with...

 

August 8, 2017
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images from Venezuela flooding 2017
Several days of heavy rainfall led to widespread flooding in the eastern Venezuela states of Delta Amacuro, Boliver, and Merida. Residential areas along the Orinoco and Caroni Rivers were flooded. An estimated 15,000 people were affected by the flooding , with hundreds evacuated from impacted areas.

 

June 6, 2017
Aerial photograph of wildfires in South Africa from June 7, 2017.
Aerial photograph of wildfires in South Africa from June 7, 2017. Credit: SA Red Cross Air Mercy Services  The Knysna Wildfire began the evening of June 6, 2017 and by June 7, consisted of 26 fires. These fires were fanned towards residential areas by strong winds from a cyclone to the west. The towns of Belvidere, Breonton-on-Sea, and Rheenendal were evacuated after news that a family of three passed away in the fire on June 6. The smoke observed by MISR on June 7 was injected...

 

May 24, 2017
SNPP/VIIRS Automatic flood detection may in Uruguay from May 27 - June 10 2017
On May 24, 2017, a series of extreme rainfall events began impacting the west and northwest regions or Uruguay. These rains caused severe flooding in the Departments of Salto, Paysandú and Artigas. By June 10th more than 6,300 people were displaced and relocated by the Uruguay’s Sistema Nacional de Emergencias (SINAE). On June 6th, the Uruguayan Government activated the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters. The NASA Disasters Program responded to this call...

 

May 6, 2017
MODIS true-color image of floods in Quebec from May 8, 2017.
MODIS true-color image of floods in Quebec from May 8, 2017. The City of Montreal was hit by heavy flooding on 6 May, due to torrential rains and melting snow following the rise in temperature.  A state of emergency was announced and 1,900 homes have been flooded across 126 towns and cities in the east of Canada, across the province of Quebec. It has been confirmed by the local authorities that this safety measure will remain in place for about 48 hours. Furthermore, this flooding not only...

 

April 29, 2017
MODIS image of flooding in Missouri.
Between April 29 and May 1, 2017, a vigorous weather system delivered intense rain, heavy snow, and tornadoes across the central and southern United States. In many areas, rainfall totals surpassed 9 inches (23 centimeters), a deluge that led to dangerous flash floods and rivers cresting at record and near-record heights. According to stream gauge data published by the National Weather Service, the Black River at Pocahontas, Arkansas, rose to nearly 29 feet (9 meters) on Tuesday, a record. The ...

 

April 6, 2017
Flooded town in New Zealand.
Credit: Higgins Storm Chasing The NASA Disasters Program is assisting New Zealand authorities to respond to flooding resulting from Tropical Cyclones Debbie and Cook. On April 6, 2017, New Zealand declared a state of local emergency for the Whakatane region as a result of rains from Debbie. The region was expanded on April 11, 2017 to include the greater East Bay of Plenty region as impending rains from Cook will further...

 

April 1, 2017
Aqua true-color image overlaid with active-fire detections, shown in red, take from MODIS (onboard Terra and Aqua) and VIIRS (onboard Suomi-NPP), showing smoke streaming from wildfires in Guatemala on April 1st 2017.
Fires started to burn in early March in the protected regions of Sierra del Lacandón National Park (also Laguna del Tigre), which is located in the tropical rain forest in the north west of Guatemala.  By mid-march, foliage became visibly dry and unhealthy throughout the parks, and the fires continued to increase in size and intensity.  Precipitation was well below normal, reaching approximately 110 mm less than the 2003-2016 average. Temperatures soared to 40oC (104oF) in some regions, setting the sustained conditions necessary for extreme fire. ...

 

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