NASA Earth Observatory Natural Hazards (Phenomena) Updates

4 Jan 2020 5:38 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

WILDFIRES IN AUSTRALIA
Drought conditions have primed many regions for unusually high and intense fire activity.

    * Thick Smoke Blankets Southeastern Australia (Image from Jan 1, 2020; Posted Jan 2, 2020)
        https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146096/thick-smoke-blankets-southeastern-australia/?src=nha

    * Seeing the Parts for the Whole (Image from Dec 16, 2019; Posted Dec 18, 2019)
        https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146032/seeing-the-parts-for-the-whole/?src=nha

SOUTH AMERICAN FIRES IN 2019
Fire activity in the Amazon and much of South America often coincides with a dry season from July through October.

    * Tracking Amazon Deforestation from Above (Posted Dec 19, 2019)
        https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145988/tracking-amazon-deforestation-from-above/?src=nha


-- SEVERE STORMS (1 updated event, 1 new image) --

WINTER WEATHER IN NORTH AMERICA 2019-20
Early winter brought unusually heavy and widespread snow to much of the United States and parts of Canada.

    * Southern California Snow (Image from Dec 28, 2019; Posted Dec 31, 2019)
        https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146086/southern-california-snow/?src=nha


-- DROUGHT (1 updated event, 1 new image) --

LONG-TERM DROUGHT IN AFRICA
Parts of Africa have been plagued by dry seasons growing hotter and rainy seasons arriving later and with less water for crops and livestock.

    * Water Levels Keep Falling at Lake Kariba (Image from Nov 25, 2018; Posted Dec 30, 2019)
        https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146068/water-levels-keep-falling-at-lake-kariba/?src=nha


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