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Historical Significant Events Imagery
The Historical Significant Events Imagery database (HSEI) is maintained by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). It contains hundreds of selected satellite images capturing some of the more important weather and environmental events over the last 30 years. One can search for images of a specific type of event or for a specific date range, go to a " What's New" section for images added in the past 7 days, or visit a "Most Popular" section for frequently-requested images. The images can be viewed on-line or downloaded for free, or one can order hardcopy matte or glossy finish prints for a small fee. Image dates range from 1960 (the first image from space) to present, and cover phenomena such as dust storms, fire, floods, hurricanes, snow cover, oil spills, severe weather and volcanoes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Atmospheric science
  • Natural hazards
  • Technology
  • Other
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Permission is granted to use, duplicate, modify, and redistribute any of our mages. Please give credit to NOAA / National Climatic Data Center.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-020
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Climatic Data Center

Contact: Tammy Scott
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)