Cool Clouds, Rare Animals and Our Blue Marble
Cool clouds around the world, rare animals and our Blue Marble round out our favorite picks. Check these out.
Islands and Cloud Streets
Strong winds stretched marine clouds into parallel 'streets,' the intricate patterns carved into the clouds by symmetric eddies. Snow, sea ice, clouds and volcanic peaks spread across the image.
[Full Story: Clouds Streets Form Off Alaska Coast]
A Breathtaking View
The Suomi NPP Satellite, named for the late meteorologist Verner E. Suomi, has sent back an amazing image of our "Blue Marble."
The newest Earth-watching satellite is equipped with instruments to improve short-term weather forecasts, understand long-term climate change and even monitor natural disasters.
Species Spotted: Spider-Monkeys Return
One of the rarest primates on Earth was seen at a national park in Colombia. It is believed that populations of this brown spider monkey have dropped by 80 percent or more in the last 50 years.
The siting in the protected area gives hope to a rebound.
[Full Story: Near-Extinct Spider Monkey Spotted]
Spilled Milk on a Grand Scale
In the northwestern United States, upwelling in the ocean creates low-lying marine stratocumulus clouds. These clouds seep into bays, low-lying coves and waterways, producing the look of spilled milk over a cracked table.
[Full Story: Clouds Like Spilled Milk]
This leaf beetle, found only in the Guyana Shield, advertises its toxicity with bright colors to warn off predators.
[Full Story: New Species Gallery: Expedition in to Suriname's Jungles]
Caught Red Pawed
Camera traps in the remote Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan have revealed at least five snow leopards. These are one of the most elusive cats on Earth.
This endangered breed is also responsible for stealing one of the camera traps. In a surprising catch, two rascally cubs were seen playing with the rig.
[Watch the Video: Elusive Snow Leopards Photographed, Steal Camera]