NASA Releases

The increase in carbon dioxide in Earth's mid-troposphere from 2002 to 2013

On May 4, 2002, a Delta-2 rocket carrying NASA's Aqua satellite was launched into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California. Aboard the satellite was an instrument designed to deliver weather and climate information of Earth's atmosphere using a technique called infrared sounding. Now in orbit the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument, or AIRS for short, measures the infrared, or heat, energy emitted by Earth's surface and atmosphere.

NASA Satellite Spots Severe Weather in U.S. South

An unusually quiet start to the spring 2014 tornado season in the United States ended abruptly Sunday, April 27. That's when severe weather moved through the central and southern states, and it is continuing through Tuesday, April 29. The National Weather Service says, as of Tuesday morning, more than 110 tornados had been reported, resulting in numerous fatalities across several states.

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