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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.


January 1, 2017
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured this image of flooded land near the Pra River on January 9, 2017.
Significant amounts of rain in early January have caused significant and widespread flooding in southern Thailand. The rainfall, which began on January 1, 2017, is some of the most severe to hit Thailand in three decades, according to Thai authorities. More than 300,000 homes have been affected, and damage to infrastructure is widespread. At least 36 people have died. Learn more about the flood recovery efforts on the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) website Realtime map of hydrologic conditions in southeast Asia: ...


December 14, 2016
Dense smoke rose above a rash of wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina in late December 2016 and early January 2017. Over the past month, roughly two dozen fires have spread across the rural landscape. The blazes were likely started by thunderstorms that followed a stretch of hotter-than-average weather, according to Clarín, a South American news site. Currently, there are active fires in La Pampa, Buenos Aires, and Río Negro provinces, according to a meteorologist with Argentina’s...


September 28, 2016
GPM precipitation data from hurricane Matthew
Satellites from NASA and NOAA have been tracking and analyzing powerful Hurricane Matthew since its birth just east of the Leeward Islands on Sept. 28. The GPM satellite captured this precipitation data from Hurricane Matthew on the morning of October 2nd, 2016, when Matthew was a Category 4 Hurricane immediately south of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.   


September 26, 2016
GPM Precipitation data from Typhoon Megi
Three typhoons have battered Taiwan in the past few weeks. Super Typhoon Meranti, the strongest typhoon of the year, caused havoc as it passed to the south of Taiwan on September 14, 2016. Typhoon Malakas clipped northeastern Taiwan a few days later. Typhoon Megi has now caused injuries, deaths and destruction as it passes over northeastern Taiwan.


September 21, 2016
VIIRS "Day-night band" image of Puerto Rico acquired at 2:31 a.m. local time (06:31 Universal Time) on September 22, 2016.
Late on September 21, 2016, a fire at a power plant substation in southern Puerto Rico triggered a cascade of problems across the island’s aging electrical grid. The event knocked out power to nearly 1.5 million customers.


August 24, 2016
Amatrice town detroyed by the earthquake. Image Credit: Leggi il Firenzepost. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
On August 23, 2016, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Amatrice in central Italy. NASA, along with its domestic and international partners, contributed observations and expertise to the ongoing response.  The magnitude of the earthquake has resulted in widespread building damage to several towns throughout the region. This earthquake was the strongest in that area since the 2009 earthquake that destroyed the city of L'Aquila. Scientists with the Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA)...