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Cloud type videos:

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NASA Hurricane Data:

"The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season is off to an extremely active start. For the first time in history, nine storms were named before August 1st . The historical average is two named storms identified before August 1st.


The Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1st – November 30th. NOAA predicts there will be 19 to 25 named Atlantic storms with 7 to 11 of those storms strong enough to create winds greater than 119 kph (74 mph), which is the minimum wind speed for a hurricane designation.


Getting access to the NASA data available to track and research these events can feel like a maze. For a comprehensive starting point, Earthdata has a new Cyclones Data Pathfinder available that walks through what a tropical storm is and data available for pre-assessing a storm, near real-time assessment, and post-storm analysis. There is also an entire section dedicated to where users can easily find and visualize those datasets.


In addition, Earthdata features an article that covers the improvements made to hurricane forecasts and near real-time observations, what the NASA future brings for monitoring these storms, and even looks at the different satellite observations used to log attributes that contribute to better forecasting like Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and soil moisture readings from the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) sensor.


For the developers out there, the Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker (EONET) can be used to monitor tropical storms as they occur with an API that provides up-to-date metadata for a variety of curated natural events. Use the How-to Guide to find out more about how EONET can be used to track these storms.


NASA Earth Observatory image of Hurricanes Marco (left) and Laura (right) from August 23, 2020."

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