Although the amount of moisture stored in soil is just a small fraction of Earth’s water, it plays a big role in the Earth system. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, launched into orbit this morning, will collect unprecedented measurements of soil moisture around the globe.
PostedJun 25, 2014
Physical Climate, Observations, Human Health, Extreme Events
Both NASA and NOAA have ranked May 2014 as the planet’s hottest May since records began in 1880. UPDATE: Since this article was published, June 2014, August 2014, September 2014, and October 2014 have also set records for monthly average temperatures.
PostedJan 25, 2012
Physical Climate, Observations, Extreme Events
This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released temperature data showing that 2011 was one of the warmest years since record-keeping began in 1880. The global temperature continued to be extremely warm even though at least two factors acted to push it downwards in the short term.