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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 :

http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/firemaps/very_small_current_firemap.jpg

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

Source: http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/firemaps/

Vegetation Health Index

Source: http://www.drought.gov/gdm/current-conditions

Global Drought Monitoring

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

Source: http://www.drought.gov/gdm/current-conditions

Global Soil Moisture

Monthly Global Soil Moisture [testing auto update for links]

Land Surface Monitoring and Prediction

Source: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/gl_Soil-Moisture-Monthly.sh

Monthly Soil Moisture Anomaly [testing auto update for links]

Land Surface Monitoring and Prediction

Source: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/gl_Soil-Moisture-Monthly.sh

Calculated Soil Moisture [testing auto update for links]

Land Surface Monitoring and Prediction

Source: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/gl_Soil-Moisture-Monthly.sh

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

Source: http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/


Winter Northern Hemisphere Snow Extent

 

Spring Northern Hemisphere Snow Extent

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