05 Sep '17, 6pm

Smoke Over the United States

With dozens of wildfires burning across the western United States and Canada , many North Americans have had the acrid taste of smoke in their mouths during the past few weeks. On September 5, 2017, the National Interagency Fire Center reported more than 80 large fires burning in nine western U.S. states. People living in large stretches of northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho have breathed what the U.S. government’s Air Now website rated as “hazardous” air. The natural-color mosaic above was made from several scenes acquired by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) satellite on September 4, 2017. The Ozone Mapper Profiler Suite (OMPS) on Suomi NPP also collected data on airborne aerosols as they were swept by the winds from west to east across the continental United States that d...

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