Tag Archives: drought

Anomaly in SMAP Antenna Erodes Texas Hope to Monitor Drought

The radar instrument on NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite observatory which has been touted as the ultimate panacea to deal with Texas and California’s impending drought in the coming years, has developed anomaly in its antenna and stopped all its transmission to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, which is monitoring it. The radar is one of two ...

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California has only 1 year of water left: NASA Scientist

The state of California has only about one year’s worth of water left in storage and its groundwater is rapidly depleting, a NASA scientist has found, augmenting drought fears projected earlier by scoentists based on NASA data. According to Jay Familglietti, the state has been running out of water since the current years-long drought and storage levels have been falling ...

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NASA to Launch SMAP Mission to Study Moisture, Predict Drought Accurately

NASA has announced the launch of its upcoming Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission on January 29 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to provide accurate, highest-resolution global measurements of soil moisture ever obtained from space. SMAP will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket and maneuver into a 426-mile (685-kilometer) altitude, ...

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NOAA: Natural disasters alone caused a loss of $35 billion so far in 2011

Now that North Carolina has begun assessing the loss left behind by Hurricane Irene, a look at how natural disasters devastated the United States economy reveals $750 billion in losses to the nation in the last 31 years. The U.S. has sustained 108 weather-related disasters since 1980 with the total normalized lossesĀ  exceeding $750 billion, adjusted to 2011 figures using ...

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