November/December 2017 - Exceptionally Warm North and South

Climate observations are rather sparse in the Arctic. However, fine scale (1 km) temperature anomalies can be detected through remotely sensed land surface temperature (LST), from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on board the National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration (NASA)’s Terra and Aqua satellites. Climate Engine’s mapping tools were used to compute and visualize anomalous surface temperature from mid to late November. Results indicate what has been recently reported - the North Pole being in the grip of extreme warmth. Create the map and explore at http://bit.ly/2kyij3h

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MODIS land surface temperature anomalies are also very useful for assessing surface moisture deficits and fire danger. This is illustrated by using Climate Engine to create a land surface temperature anomaly map from mid to late November for the southwest US. Results highlight how exceptionally warm and dry the region has been. These conditions combined with Santa Ana winds have led to massive wildfires and catastrophic loss of treasured land and property in southern California. Create the map and explore at http://bit.ly/2kwPe8r

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September 2017 - The Great Horn of Africa Drought

September 2017 - The Great Horn of Africa Drought

September 2017 - The current drought on the Great Horn of Africa is a regional humanitarian crisis with severe impacts in food security particularly among livestock-owning communities where water is scarce, pasture lands are barren, and harvests have been poor during consecutive seasons.

Climate Engine illustrates this drought using precipitation from CHIRPS over the past year across the great horn of Africa.

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August 2017 - The 2017 Western Fire Siege

August 2017 - The 2017 Western Fire Siege

August 2017 -  What do you get when you have an exceptionally dry and warm summer that follows in the heels of a wet winter across British Columbia and the northwestern US? If you answered wildfire, you might be on the right track. Climate Engine illustrates measures of fuel dryness using Land Surface Temperature from MODIS during the 2017 summer fire season out West. Fuel dryness is one measure of the propensity of vegetation to be able to ignite and carry a wildfire. 

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July 2017 - Seeing Green - Best in the West

July 2017 - Seeing Green - Best in the West

July 2017 - The wettest water year to date in nearly 100 years across parts of the Great Basin has resulted in a bumper crop of grasses across the semi-arid region. Climate Engine is used to illustrate the vegetation vigor this spring across the region by visualizing a map of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index from MODIS. 

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Jun 2017 - Historic drought across South Africa

Jun 2017 - Historic drought across South Africa

Jun 2017 - Parts of southwestern South Africa are experiencing their most severe drought in a century as reservoir levels are so critically low that water shortages are being imposed on residents of Cape Town. Climate Engine is used to illustrate the drought situation through visualizing a map of accumulated precipitation over South Africa.   

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