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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. ...


March 31, 2017
Rescue workers at the Mocoa, Columbia mudslide.
Rescue workers at the Mocoa, Columbia mudslide. Image Credit: Torrential rains on the night of Friday March 31st, 2017, caused three rivers surrounding the southern Colombian city of Mocoa to overflow, sending a torrent of mud and debris surging through the city. At least 254 people were killed. A further 203 people were injured, many severely. This area is...


March 29, 2017
Flood extent map from the 2017 floods in Argentina.
The NASA Disasters Program is assisting Argentinian authorities to respond to torrential rains and flooding in southern Argentina.  The rains began at the end of March and have caused the Dulce and Chico Rivers to overflow, affecting cities in that area.  The City of Comodoro Rivadavia has been particularly hard hit, with estimates that up to 80% of the City has been destroyed by the floods and mudslides after the City received more than a year of rain in less than a week.  The NASA Disasters Program will furnish stream flow and inundation predictions and flood maps generated...


March 26, 2017
An inundation map of Piura province produced using the Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS) on 3/26/17.
On-going rain over Peru has resulted in widespread flooding and impacted hundreds of thousands of lives, primarily in Peru's northwest. The NASA Disaster Program is working with partners in Peru to predict the impact of on-going precipitation on river systems as well as using space-based radar to map flooding and destruction of property. 


March 24, 2017
An inundation map of the region near Proserpine, Australia, produced using the Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS) on 3/28/17.
On March 28, Tropical Cyclone Debbie made landfall in Australia with gusts reaching over 160 MPH.  To prepare for what had been predicted to be the worst storm hitting Queensland since 2011, over 25,000 were urged to evauate. The wind damage, storm surge, and heavy rain that result from tropical cyclones can cause damage to property and affect lives. The NASA Disasters Program is working assess these effects in order to support the Australian response effort.


January 20, 2017
On January 20, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired an image of brown smoke billowing from a cluster of fires near the coastal city of Pichilemu.
Smoke from dozens of forest fires billowed over central Chile in January 2017. A heat wave, coupled with strong winds, spread the flames on January 20, prompting President Michelle Bachelet to declare a state of emergency in some areas.


January 6, 2017
TMPA rainfall anomalies for the one month period ending on 10 January 2017
California, which has long been suffering through a strong, multi-year drought, is finally beginning to see some much needed relief as a result of a recent series of storms that are part of a weather pattern known as the “Pineapple Express.” Though these rains are certainly welcome and very much needed, they have also led to flooding and mudslides. The first storm in the series arrived in the middle of last week and brought rain to northern and central California. The next storm occurred over the weekend and brought heavy rains again to mostly northern and central California although...


January 3, 2017
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image on January 3, 2017.
For a few minutes around 9 p.m. on January 3, 2017, Alaska’s Bogoslof volcano let loose an explosion. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, cloud-top temperatures indicate the volcanic plume may have reached as high as 33,000 feet (10,000 meters) into the atmosphere. Winds out of the south carried the cloud north over the Bering Sea.