Hurricane Dorian was advancing at the pace of a slow crawl when it struck the Bahamas on Monday, September 2. Homes, schools, and hospitals in its path were no match for the 185 mph winds surrounding the eye. Flooding brought on by powerful storm surges overwhelmed the many low-lying islands that comprise the northern Bahamas, submerging the worst affected areas almost entirely.
Tucked into a lagoon on the northwestern edge of the Adriatic Sea is a city with no roads. Instead, 177 canals and 409 pedestrian bridges interconnect the 118 small islands that make up the City of Venice, Italy. Everyone and everything moves around the city by waterway, including municipal transportation, garbage collection, the police, ambulance service, even the fire brigade.
When this image was captured by Astronaut Ricky Arnold on September 10, 2018, Florence was still four days from landfall. Seen here at the peak of its intensity, the storm weakened gradually as it approached the Carolina coast. By the time it came ashore at Wrightsville Beach, NC, the wind speeds within the storm had dropped from Category 4 to Category 1 levels. That’s the good news.
Whether you study it for evidence of climate change or hang it on your wall as art, this image of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field is extraordinary. The ice field fills all of Chile’s 8.7 million acre Bernardo O’Higgins National Park and then some. It is a remnant of the much larger ice sheet that covered all of southern Chile during the last glacial period. The terminus of O’Higgins Glacier can be seen protruding into O’Higgins Lake in the lower left of the photo.