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NASA, NOAA satellites show Erika affecting Hispaniola
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Erika was centered in the Eastern Caribbean Sea and affecting Puerto Rico and Hispaniola when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead mid-day on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.

Suomi NPP satellite sees rapidly intensifying Hurricane Jimena
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over Hurricane Jimena in the Eastern Pacific and saw the strongest thunderstorms building up quickly, especially in the northern quadrant of the storm.

NASA sees comma shaped Tropical Storm Kilo
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Kilo looks like a giant comma from space in imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite. Kilo continues to strengthen and was affecting Johnston Island as a tropical storm warning continued on Aug. 28.

NASA's GPM sees heavy rain in Hurricane Ignacio
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Hurricane Ignacio continued to strengthen as NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite analyzed its rainfall. Ignacio is forecast to move near Hawaii over the weekend of Aug. 29 and 30.

Staying safe in sandy beaches
(University of Miami) Beach sand contains all kinds of microorganisms, including those that can harm human health. Yet current guidelines are focused exclusively on monitoring the levels of microbes in the water. Now, an international panel of scientists is recommending monitoring the sand at recreational beaches, to minimize health risks for beachgoers. Their advice is based on the general consensus reached during the international conference 'Trends in Environmental Microbiology and Public Health,' held in Lisbon, Portugal, in September 2014.

NASA's GPM satellite analyzes Tropical Storm Erika's rainfall
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite has provided meteorologists with a look at the towering thunderstorms and heavy rainfall occurring in Tropical Storm Erika as it moves through the Caribbean Sea.

Two satellites see newborn Tropical Storm Jimena consolidating
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite and NOAA's GOES-West satellite provided temperature and cloud data on newborn Tropical Storm Jimena in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Data from both satellites show the storm continues to consolidate.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Kilo wrapped halfway around itself
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Kilo early on Aug. 27, infrared imagery showed that bands of thunderstorms wrapped more than halfway around the system.

NASA data shows Hurricane Ignacio's very cold cloud tops indicate quick strengthening
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) When cloud top temperatures get colder, the uplift in tropical cyclones gets stronger and the thunderstorms that make up the tropical cyclones have more strength. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Ignacio and infrared data revealed cloud top temperatures had cooled from the previous day.

To track winter flounder, UNH researchers look to ear bones
(University of New Hampshire) Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are turning to an unusual source -- otoliths, the inner ear bones of fish -- to identify the nursery grounds of winter flounder, the protected estuaries where the potato chip-sized juveniles grow to adolescence. The research, recently published in the journal Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, could aid the effort to restore plummeting winter flounder populations along the East Coast of the US.

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