The highest-resolution satellite image of the United States is taken only once per day. It takes two different pictures from two different sensors (TERRA and AQUA), the first late morning and the second early afternoon. The images are made available on the MODIS today website and are viewable in Google Earth. On May 14, there were two excellent examples:
First, wildfires in southern California showed their smoke drifting out to sea (original image):
Next, developing thunderstorms appeared in West Virginia (original):
Click to enlarge; you can actually see the growing cumulonimbus clouds in Pendleton County! Weather satellites have come a long way since the first satellite image was transmitted 54 years ago!
A very impressive-looking Category 3 Hurricane Odile slammed into the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico Sunday. Now, a new threat for the Southwest U.S.: major flooding.
I found three security cameras that caught the light from the Sunday night fireball, including two from my house.
The iPhone 6 - with barometer - and Apple Watch were announced today, but I've been wearing barometer watches for 30 years.
I was pleased to serve on an AMS panel "The Impact of Ubiquitous Data Availability and Social Media" at the summer community meeting.
Last weekend, I presented the weather science side of UFOs at a paranormal conference in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Since then, there have been several local UFO sightings of note.
A trend I've noticed this Summer on Social Media is a large increase in "lightning strike selfies." Here are a few examples.