As fire tears through hot, parched areas of the western U.S. and Canada, NASA satellites capture plumes of smoke moving across the region.
If the air seems smoggy, it’s not just your eyes. Smoke from the west and northern wildfires blanketed the city in a haze and caused poor air quality along the East Coast.
Drought in California is a routine part of the summer — but climate change has supercharged it. Lake Oroville, the second-largest reservoir in the state, was at 35 percent capacity in June.
Devastating floods struck Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany in July. NASA’s Earth Observatory documented the Roer River in the Netherlands before and after water levels rose.