27 Jun '12, 11pm

Lots of smoke & ozone in the skies over the Rocky Mtns from fires. New map from Suomi @NASANPP satellite.

Lots of smoke & ozone in the skies over the Rocky Mtns from fires. New map from Suomi @NASANPP satellite.

Along the Rocky Mountain range, there has been a dearth of snow cover , insect stress in the forests, and a hot spring that has turned into a hot summer. The result by late June 2012 was a surplus of smoke from many dangerous fires raging across the western United States. The map above depicts the relative concentration of aerosols in the skies above the continental United States on June 26, 2012. The map was assembled from data acquired by the Ozone Mapper Profiler Suite (OMPS) on the new Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite. Aerosol are tiny solid and liquid particles that have an outsized impact on weather and climate. Their concentrations are represented above in shades of red and yellow, with the highest concentrations in deep red and the lowest in light yellow. Grays represent clouds or areas where no reliable data were available. In addition t...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78389

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