06 Sep '17, 7pm

Wildfire smoke crosses U.S. on the jet stream

When you live on the East Coast and hear about the West Coast wildfires you assume those wildfires won't have any personal effect on you other than empathy for those in the paths of the fires. Think again. When smoke rises from wildfires, there is a very good chance that if the fires are large enough and numerous enough you will be affected. This image taken by the NOAA-NASA's Suomi NPP satellite on Sept. 4, 2017, clearly shows the direct path of the smoke from the West Coast fires that stretches across the entire country. Smoke and particles from the fires are traveling along the jet stream and have crossed 3,000 miles to the East Coast. Smoke from wildfires can be very dangerous. A 2017 Georgia Tech study showed the smoke from wildfires spew methanol, benzene, ozone and other noxious chemicals into the atmosphere. If the smoke stays in the jet stream and doesn't descend ...

Full article: https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2624/wildfire-smoke-crosses...

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