New NASA satellite mapping of land surface temperature anomalies this summer


A website called “Earth Observatory” by NASA has published satellite mapping of our unusual summer of heat and sun. Take a look at what modern imaging and data analysis can quickly show us about our world. Very interesting.  Thanks and a tip of the hat to Peter Guerrero for the link.

IDL TIFF file

If you live in the northern hemisphere, the past few weeks have been strange. In places where it should be seasonably hot—the eastern and southern United States and western Europe—it’s just been warm. In places where weather is usually mild in the summer—northern Europe, the Pacific coast of North America—it has been ridiculously hot.

The maps on this page shows land surface temperature (LST) anomalies for July 27–August 3, 2014. They were built from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, and the 2014 data is compared to the average for the same week as observed from 2005–2013. You can visit NASA Earth Observations for a view of temperature anomalies for the entire month of July.

Read the rest of the story here.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=84150&src=nha

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