On Feb 26, 2021, the JPSS polar satellites watched a city-sized chunk of ice break off (calve) from the northern section of Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf as seen by the Snow RGB product. The event was not unexpected, since researchers who have been monitoring cracks in the shelf noticed a new chasm, called North Rift, growing in November. The crack’s growth accelerated throughout January and February.
The VIIRS instrument on the NOAA-20 satellite captured a rare wintertime clear day over the Great Lakes on Feb. 3, 2021.
Over the course of several days, unusually heavy monsoonal rains have fallen over China and neighboring countries, including India and Japan. During the week of July 7, 2020, the NOAA/NASA Suomi-NPP satellite (SNPP) and the NOAA-20 satellite teamed up to give researchers and first responders a clearer picture of what’s on the ground in Asia to help rescue and relief efforts.
On May 20, 2020, the VIIRS instrument, aboard both the Suomi-NPP (S-NPP) and NOAA-20 satellites, showed record flooding of the Tittabawassee River in the town of Midland, Michigan, due to the Edenville Dam failure the day before. Ten thousand residents of Edenville and Sanford counties were ordered to evacuate the area. As of 5 p.m.
On the morning of May 18, 2020, the Himawari-8 satellite caught this imagery of Tropical Cyclone Amphan, a powerful storm that formed in the Bay of Bengal and is heading toward the border of India and Bangladesh.
On March 29, 2020, the NOAA-20 satellite viewed the snowpack on top of the Hindu Kush Himalayas.
On March 30, 2020, the Suomi-NPP satellite captured this imagery of fires dotting Kansas when it passed overhead around 2:26 p.m. local time (CDT). A springtime ritual from March through April, ranchers in the state often burn off dead grass in their cattle pastures to encourage new growth.