It was a year of brutal cold in Canada and hurricanes and typhoons across the globe. And it was all captured by the eyes in the sky.
Three satellites — from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Japanese Meteorological Association (JMA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) — monitor Earth from space.
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The data spans the entire year and illustrates the transition of seasons across both hemispheres, including the snowy, cold year that Canada and the northern U.S. experienced.
The international collection of data is helping forecasters around the world.
“This shows the importance of having this data so the forecaster can predict the storms and effectively warn populations that they are coming,” said Mark Higgins of EUMETSAT.
Looking at the eastern Pacific at the end of August, you can see three storms forming simultaneously. The resolution of the satellite data is so clear that you can easily make out the eye of these incredible storms.
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