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Climate Explorer (climate.gov) - Climate Explorer is a research application built to support the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The tool offers interactive visualizations for exploring maps and data related to the toolkit's Taking Action case studies...

Corn Split Nitrogen Application (Useful to Usable) - For the ag community: This product is designed to help farmers and farm advisors understand the risks and benefits of using post-planting nitrogen (N) application for corn production...

Nordic Lights

Nordic Lights (NASA Earth Observatory) - This nighttime view of Earth was made possible by the “day-night band” of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite detecting light from dim signals such as city lights, wildfires, and gas flares...

King Fire in California

King Fire in California (NASA Earth Observatory) - In these false-color images burned forest appears red; unaffected forests are green; cleared forest is beige; and smoke is blue. Natural-color images show several smoke plumes...

Perseids meteor shower

Galleries: Perseids meteor shower (news.com.au) - Meteors streak above the Wyoming countryside during the peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower...

Mysterious Green Lights Photographed From the Space Station

What Are These Mysterious Green Lights Photographed From the Space Station? (Universe Today) - “Bangkok is the bright city. The green lights outside the city? No idea…” Tweeted Expedition astronaut Reid Wiseman on Aug. 18, 2014...

Aurora from Space

Light Display: Astronaut Captures Stunning Images of Aurora from Space (The Weather Channel / NBC) - Reid Wiseman snapped photos of the geomagnetic light display from the window of the ISS orbiting some 150 miles (241 kilometers) above Earth. "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this," @astro_reid tweeted...

Earth's Glorious 'Airglow' Halo

Astronaut's Photo Shows Earth's Glorious 'Airglow' Halo (The Weather Channel / NBC) - Professor Bob Keesee, University of Albany, explained "The upper orangeish layer is probably light emission from atomic sodium, which is deposited in the atmosphere by vaporizing meteroids seen as meteors in the night sky..."

Global weather patterns

earth :: an animated map of global wind and weather (GFS / NCEP / US National Weather Service) - A super-cool data set / model that displays wind at the surface of the earth. You can adjust things if you click on the "earth" link in the lower left hand corner ...

Moon Phase Images

Moon Phase Images (US Navy / R. Schmidt) - Lunar phase images created by R. Schmidt from ray-traced images of the Moon. You can choose a date, and see the moon phase from the past or into the future...

Tornado preparation

Tornado preparation, priorities, damage and loss (tornadodamage.org) - This "cool link" is a bit more serious. Tornadoes leave a path of destruction in their wake, and can arrive with little or no warning. A tornado can completely annihilate a house or an office building in less than a second...

Hail photos

Hail photos (hail.org) - Photos of hail submitted by users from diferent locations.

Lightning Facts

Lightning Facts (factmonster.com) - Zeus, park rangers, and the probability of being struck by lightning.

Smog City—interactive site on what affects smog

Interactive site on what affects smog (smogcity.com) - Smog City is an interactive air pollution simulator that shows how your choices, environmental factors, and land use contribute to air pollution.

Air quality status and forecast

Air quality status and forecast (airnow.gov) - The Air Quality Index (AQI) is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you.

global warming effects map

Global warming effects map (National Geographic) - Likely Worldwide Environmental Scenarios if Climate Change Continues.

Abandoned Vehicles Abandoned Vehicles (Chicago Tribune) - Incredible photo of Lake Shore Drive after the snow. Abandoned vehicles litter northbound Lake Shore Drive on Wednesday morning.
Midwest Haze Cam

Midwest Haze Cam - Chicago (IEPA) - Updated every 15 minutes, the live cam shows haze, air quality, and visibility in downtown Chicago, IL. Besides the visual aspect of the camera itself, measurements of ozone and fine particles in the air are provided. Also check out the IEPA Midwest Haze Cam Gallery, with live cams of nine Midwest cities/areas.

Air Quality Index Air Quality Index (IEPA) - The IEPA Air Quality Index page ranks air quality on a scale of 0 to 500 - 0 being Good and 500 being Hazardous.
National Air Quality Forecast Today’s National Air Quality Forecast (airnow.gov) - Today's Forecast Guidance Maps are a joint NOAA-EPA air quality tool developed for state and local forecasters.
Flooding in the Midwest Flooding in the Midwest, June 2008 (USGS - Featured Topic) - Press releases, Imagery, and Multimedia along with real time water monitoring of the affected states (Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, & Wisconsin).
Flooding Soaks Seven States Flooding Soaks Seven States (USGS - Featured Topic) - Among many other things, video footage from a cell phone and video camera of a house colliding with a bridge during a March 2008 flood on the White River in Calico Rock, Arkansas...
Science Daily - Weather News Weather news on Science Daily (Science Daily) - ScienceDaily is one of the Internet's leading online magazines and Web portals devoted to science, technology, and medicine. This page handles their news items along with a large amount of other material.
Water Monitoring Real-time water monitoring (USGS WaterWatch) - The "Flood and high flow" map shows the location of streamgages where the water level is currently at or above flood stage (depicted as a black triangle) or at high flow (depicted as blue circles) ...
Heavy Snow in Midwest

Heavy Snow in U.S. Midwest (NASA's Earth Observatory) - A severe winter storm hammered the Midwestern United States on December 1, 2006. According to news reports, the storm iced roads, canceled flights, broke tree branches, left more than two million homes and businesses without electricity, and temporarily shut down part of Interstate 40 in central Oklahoma.

Contrails Over the Midwest

Contrails Over the Midwest (NASA's Earth Observatory) - When the hot, humid air from a jet engine mixes with colder, drier air in the surrounding environment, condensation trails, or "contrails", streak the sky. If the air through which the airplane is flying is already close to being saturated with water vapor, the condensation trail will last longer than it will if the air is dry.

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