Surface soil moisture in the Southeastern United States as retrieved from NASA's SMAP satellite observatory at around 6 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2015. Large parts of South Carolina appear blue, representing the impact of heavy localized rains and flooding.
This figure shows the longitude-time variations, averaged between 21 and 22 degrees North, across the middle of the India subcontinent from mid-April to mid-June in a deadly heat wave in India that killed more than 2,300 people.
SMAP Global Map of Surface Soil Moisture (Aug. 25-27, 2015)
A three-day composite global map of surface soil moisture as retrieved from NASA's SMAP's radiometer instrument between Aug. 25-27, 2015. Dry areas appear yellow/orange, such as the Sahara Desert, western Australia and the western U.S.
Angry Ecuadorian Volcano Imaged by NASA Spacecraft
After lying dormant for 70 years, Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador started erupting the week of Aug. 17, 2015. NASA's Terra spacecraft acquired this image on August 22, showing huge columns of ash that affected towns in the region.
Northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, seven straight days of torrential rains of up to 16 inches (40 centimeters) in August 2015 resulted in flooding between the cities of Escobar and Campana as seen by NASA's Terra spacecraft.
Urban Methane Point Sources Detected by Tiered System of Remote-sensing Observations
This image captured by a prototype NASA satellite instrument at NASA's California Laboratory for Atmospheric Remote Sensing (CLARS) shows a persistent methane hotspot (central red area) over Los Angeles basin.
North Korea's state news agency reported the country is facing its worst drought in a century. This image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows how rice-growing provinces have been badly affected and more than 30% of rice paddies are parching up.
NASA Spacecraft Peers Into the Mouth of the Galapagos' Wolf Volcano
On May 26, 2015, Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in 33 years. This image was acquired by NASA's Terra spacecraft on June 11, 2015, after the eruption had quieted.