This series of six images shows the movement of atmospheric water vapor over the Pacific Ocean during the formation of the 1997 El Nio condition. Higher than normal ocean water temperatures increase the rate of evaporation and the resulting warm moist air rises into the atmosphere altering global weather patterns. Data obtained by the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) on NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), from late February 1997 to late December 1997, show the movement from the western Pacific to the eastern Pacific of high levels of water vapor (red) at 10 kilometers (6 miles) above the surface. Areas of unusually drier air (blue) appear over Indonesia. December 1997 data also show a rapid increase of water vapor off the coast of South America, the result of very high water temperatures in that region.


    Education Levels:


      EUN,LOM,LRE4,hdl:10494/257922,work-cmr-id:257922,http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov:http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA01166,ilox,learning resource exchange,LRE metadata application profile,LRE


      Access Privileges:

      Public - Available to anyone

      License Deed:

      Creative Commons Attribution 3.0


      This resource has not yet been aligned.
      Curriki Rating
      'NR' - This resource has not been rated
      'NR' - This resource has not been rated

      This resource has not yet been reviewed.

      Not Rated Yet.

      Non-profit Tax ID # 203478467