Aquarius, NASA’s salt-mapping instrument, marks first birthday

Two warmest winter months in Midwest, U.S. history may have connection

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 10:10 AM PDT

This past March was the second warmest winter month ever recorded in the Midwest, with temperatures 15 degrees above average. The only other winter month that was warmer was December of 1889, during which temperatures were 18 degrees above average. Now, researchers may have discovered why the weather patterns during these two winter months, separated by 123 years, were so similar. The answer could help scientists develop more accurate weather prediction models.

Aquarius, NASA’s salt-mapping instrument, marks first birthday

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 05:54 AM PDT

Aquarius, NASA’s pioneering instrument to measure ocean surface salinity from orbit, launched a year ago (on June 10, 2011) aboard the Argentine Space Agency’s Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC-D) observatory. Designed to advance our understanding of what changes in the saltiness of the ocean’s top layer say about the water cycle and variations in climate, the mission has had a busy first year.
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