Land, Fire & Ice

Current climate conditions trends and averages: Land - Floods; drought; fire; vegetation health index, soil moisture content, snow cover, northern hemisphere snow extent

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Global Fire Maps 10 Day

Fire Map: 10 Day Segments

Image updates approximately every 10 days and represents the previous 10 days (approximately) from the extracted data from the MODIS Rapid Response System Global Fire Maps :

Static links for latest firemaps: Dates 600x300 2048x1024 4096x2048 8192x4096


Vegetation Health Index


Global Drought Monitoring

1 month average (data updated on the 16th of each month):Global Drought Monitor


Global Soil Moisture

Monthly Global Soil Moisture [testing auto update for links]

Land Surface Monitoring and Prediction


Monthly Soil Moisture Anomaly [testing auto update for links]

Land Surface Monitoring and Prediction


Calculated Soil Moisture [testing auto update for links]

Land Surface Monitoring and Prediction


Snow Cover

Note: Global warming is increasing the moisture content of the atmosphere due to warmer oceans. This could manifest as an increase in snow extent. The warmer atmospheric temperatures altering season lengths should melt the snow faster in the spring. The data does indicate this to be true. We will add to this section if direct attribution studies are conducted.

Fall Northern Hemisphere Snow Extent


Winter Northern Hemisphere Snow Extent


Spring Northern Hemisphere Snow Extent

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