(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Former Hurricane Douglas has encountered strong wind shear after passing the Hawaiian Islands and has now weakened to a tropical storm. NASA's Terra satellite provided infrared data to find that the strongest storms were displaced from the center as the storm weakens.
Tropical Storm Ema had a very short life, but NASA's Terra satellite caught a glimpse of the storm before it dissipated in the Central Pacific Ocean.The newest tropical storm of the Central Pacific Ocean hurricane season formed to the northwest of the Hawaiian Islands late on Oct. 12.Although there was no threat to Hawaii, there was a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect on Oct. 12 for portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument from Nihoa to French Frigate Shoals to Maro Reef.At 2 a.m. HST/8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC) on Oct. 13 the center of Tropical Storm Ema was located near latitude 22.1 North, longitude 165.9 West.Ema was moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph), and maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 kph).NASA's Terra satellite passed over Ema on Oct. 13 when it was still a tropical storm.
An infrared look by NASA's Terra satellite found a ring of intense storms around the wide eye of Hurricane Walaka in the Central Pacific Ocean.Walaka remains a dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center or CPHC cautioned on Oct. 3, "dangerous Hurricane Walaka is intensifying as it moves rapidly north toward the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and the Johnston Stoll remains in the south quadrant of Walaka."A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Johnston Atoll, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument from French Frigate and Shoals to Maro Reef.On Oct. 3 at 5:45 a.m. EDT (0945 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite analyzed cloud top temperatures in infrared light.MODIS found cloud top temperatures of strongest thunderstorms ringed around the wide eye.
Mytilus Seamount, located in the Northwest Atlantic.All Images: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.As the election looms, Obama s plan to save the planet kicks into high gear.Last month, POTUS vastly expanded Hawaii s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, turning it into the world s largest marine protected area.Today, speaking at the State Department s Our Oceans conference, he unveiled the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic, which has been hailed an underwater Yellowstone for its profusion of rare sea creatures and striking geologic landforms.Clearly, the president is hoping Earth s oceans remain habitable long after we ve torched the surface—and I personally have no problem with this.
The first ever Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean has been established today by the President of the United States, Barack Obama.One of these monuments is the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument off the coast of the Samoan Islands, established by President Bush in 2009.The other is the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii, also proclaimed by President Bush in 2006.The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was expanded from 140,000 square miles to 582,578 square miles by Obama in 2016.The newest Marine National Monument was announced by the president at the 3rd annual Our Ocean Conference in Washington D.C. this morning.ABOVE: This dumbo octopus was sighted by the NOAA Okeanos Explorer ship during a dive to map the Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts in September 2014.
View photosMoreFILE - This Aug. 12, 2015 file photo provided by NOAA's Office of Exploration and Research/Hohonu Moana 2015 shows a massive sponge photographed at a depth of about 7,000 feet in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the shores of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.A team of scientists on a deep-sea expedition discovered the sponge, which they say is the world's largest ever documented.The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand the national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine protected area.NOAA Office of Exploration and Research/Hohonu Moana 2015 via AP, File WASHINGTON AP -- The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine protected area.Obama's proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006.
NOAA An unusual sponge was making waves in waters near the Hawaiian Islands — though it doesn't wear square pants and is far too big to live in a pineapple under the sea.The massive sponge — a marine animal with no skeleton and a soft, porous body — is the largest on record, researchers reported in a study.Identified as measuring approximately 12 feet 3.5 meters in length and 7 feet 2.1 m in height, the minivan-size creature was discovered at a depth of 7,000 feet 2,134 m during dives by a remotely operated vehicle ROV system, which was deployed from the ship Okeanos Explorer by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA .NOAA scientists published a description of their giant discovery on May 24 in the journal Marine Biodiversity, saying that the sponge's dimensions exceeded those of the largest specimens reported in earlier studies.But very large sponges living in shallow waters have been estimated to live for more than 2,300 years, which hints that this giant — "and presumably old" — specimen could be equally long-lived, according to the study authors.Its discovery emphasizes the necessity of exploring deep-water environments, and how much still remains to be learned from them, the scientists said in the study.