On Oct. 2, 2019, the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite zoomed in on the Decker Fire, which began burning nine miles south of Salida, Colo. on Sept. 8, 2019. Caused by a lightning strike and fueled by dry conditions and gusty winds, the fire has grown significantly, charring more than 3,700 acres thus far.
Heat from the Woodbury Fire, located east of Phoenix, is shown in red in this June 18, 2019, false-color imagery captured by the Suomi-NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument.
Some 300,000 people living in low-lying areas of India’s Gujarat state were evacuated ahead of Tropical Cyclone Vayu, according to local media reports. In this Suomi-NPP view from June 13, 2019, you can see Vayu tracking toward the northwest coast of India.
While late March to early April is historically when the Bering Sea reaches its maximum ice extent, these two images from NOAA’s polar orbiting satellites show the stark contrast between what we’ve typically seen in the region versus what could soon be considered the new “normal.”