Satellite Imagery

NOAA

NASA Sheds Light on This Week's Deadly Tornado Outbreak

A space-based animation shows how fierce storms are sowing destruction over the South.

Reuters

An Aerial View of China's Colossal Dust Storm

It's said to be the largest sandstorm to hit northern China in 10 years.

NASA / NOAA

The South Korea Ferry Disaster Can Be Seen From Space

The massive response to the deadly accident is so bright that it shines like a little city.

SSEC

A 'Highly Unusual' Triple Threat of Storms Over North America

Thundersnow, blizzards, and raging winds... ah, springtime!

NASA

The Dozen Regional Powerhouses Driving the U.S. Economy

The Boston-Washington corridor, home to 18 percent of Americans, produces more economic activity than Germany.

NOAA

A Monster Storm Is Fast Approaching California

This gigantic system ought to be good for the state's severe drought.

The Great Lake's Massive Ice Cap Could Bring a Cooler Summer

The expanding sheet could set a modern record for coverage.

NASA

This Week's Snowstorm Made the South Look Like a Big Cotton Field

A NASA satellite acquired this remarkable image of the punishing storm's aftereffects.

NASA/NOAA

The Case of California's Disappearing Snow

This year, there's virtually no powder on the ground in the drought-stricken state.

Reuters

The Arctic 'Steam Fog' Over the Great Lakes, Seen From Space

An escaped chunk of the Polar Vortex caused this weird-looking mass emanation of vapors.

Our Favorite Maps of 2013

These impressed us for both what they illustrated and how they did it.

NOAA

The Climate Mapping Tool You've Been Waiting For

Meet the data treasure trove known as "NOAA View."

Clement Valla

Maps Never Meant for Human Eyes

This is what a 3D map looks like when compressed into 2D form, as only computers can read it.

NASA

The Worst Wildfires in a Decade Pour Acrid Smoke Over Sydney

There are roughly 100 blazes popping in southeastern Australia, making the sky almost as black as night.

Pakistan's Earthquake Was So Strong It Spawned a Whole New Island

A burbling volcano of mud rose out of the Arabian Sea like some Lovecraftian nightmare.

NOAA

An Intimidating Space View of the Misery-Sowing Hurricane Manuel

Looting, death, and a loose crocodile: Thanks to this Pacific tempest, life in Acapulco is not so sweet right now.

NASA

A Devastating Before/After Comparison of the Colorado Floods, Captured by Satellite

Following recent downpours, the South Platte River swelled so big that it consumed part of a city.

NASA

NASA's Satellites Are Watching the Rim Fire Creep Into Yosemite

Nighttime images show the gradual spread of the tremendous wildfire, which is burning brighter than the city lights of Reno.

NASA

Looking Down From Space at Shanghai's Awful Heat Island

As China suffers through its hottest summer on record, an immense and deadly bubble of heat builds above Shanghai.