Massive hurricane "Marie" affecting southern California coast by Adonai on August 27, 2014 On August 25 at 18:20 UTC the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured Hurricane Marie's center just west of Socorro Island, Mexico in the Eastern Pacific. Image credit: NASA's Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team
Credit: MODIS/Aqua/NASA On 22 August 2013, the drought-fueled Rim fire burning in central California, near Yosemite national park. On 17 August, the fast-moving fire had already charred more than 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares) by 23 August, despite the efforts of more than 2,000 firefighters. Hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes, and roads in the area were closed. As of 23 August, no structures had been reported destroyed, but the fire threatened the towns of Groveland and…
Much of the U.S. West entered 2015 under a blanket of snow. The storm even dusted the Southwest, including Arizona’s Grand Canyon. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image on January 1, 2015.
Since it began on August 16, California's Rim Fire has scorched 244 square miles of Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest, and other state lands. It remains only 15 percent contained. Park officials are particularly worried about two groves giant sequoias that the fire could threaten, some of which are believed to be 2,000 years old, going so far as to install sprinkers nearby.