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Aerosols in our atmosphere both stop and aid cloud formation. Learn more about this and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  Which do you think is occurring in the image above: clouds forming or depleting? Find out which in the link below. You can also attend a colloquium concerning the topic -- mentioned further below. More About the Image 2. COLLOQUIUM:  NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is hosting a colloquium titled: " Desert Dust, Wildfire Smoke, Volcanic Ash, Urban and Industrial Pollution - Grasping...


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Where you are on Earth can affect what you see and how it looks. Be it clouds, or an eclipse. This and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The clouds in the above image get their form from the land masses below. (The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite took the above image on 9 November 2011.) "In the North Sea, air encounters a number of obstacles that create wave patterns. In some cases, as over the Faroe Islands, the wave patterns compliment one another, resulting in a wide swath. But in...


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Remembrances, resources and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  Th image of clouds in the above are of a type cloud called " convective clouds."  I remember seeing these kind of clouds outside my window during my last airplane trip and being wowed by how expansive and evenly shaped they were. Heavenly.  This image was taken just one year ago (1 February 2016) by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite. There are two types of convective clouds pictured in the above: "closed-celled"...


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Do you have "a good eye?" How do you see?  What do you look for?  The more we observe, the more we attune our eye. Sights, views and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  What do you see in the image above? Definitely a dramatic landscape of clouds. However, on closer inspection, you will notice a darker plume in the center of the image.   "On January 18 at 5:35 p.m. EST (2235 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument flies aboard both NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of the volcanic ash...


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Winter is in full swing around the world and whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, no doubt you are experiencing lots of weather, be it rain, snow, high winds, or just plain hot.   Weather and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  What looks like clouds in the above image, is in fact snow.  The United States was blanketed in snow last week. "Most states received a dusting, though there were blizzard-like conditions in some areas, USA Today reported. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on...


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Did you Know?

Cirrus over Cumulus

This is a great, and fairly typical shot of high thin cirrus over low cumulus clouds in the Tropics.

Photo taken by Doug Stoddard in Puerto Rico.