10 Apr '12, 12pm

Wildfire in north Florida this weekend produced a big smoke plume visible from our Aqua satellite.

Wildfire in north Florida this weekend produced a big smoke plume visible from our Aqua satellite.

A large fire in Osceola National Forest has burned more than 10,000 acres and sent smoke wafting across Northeast Florida. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this view of the County Line Fire and its smoke on April 7, 2012. The thick and potentially hazardous plume of smoke was blowing west when the image was taken at 3:45 p.m. local time (08:45 Universal Time). Another view of the smoke—captured by a MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite a day later—showed that winds had shifted and the plume had drifted both south and north. On April 9th, the National Weather Service warned Floridians that smoke would likely move east and affect the Jacksonville area, with visibility reduced to one mile (and possibly less than that) close to the wildfire. Just west of the fire, a number of pyrocumulus clouds are visibl...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=77618

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