April 12, 2017

Smoke in Gulf of Mexico, Fires in North Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, and West Virginia

NOAA satellite imaged remant thin density smoke which was seen throughout the Gulf of Mexico (top left). This smoke stretched from Cuba towards Louisiana and it is a result of wildfires and agricultural burns in Mexico. Active wildfires in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Florida have burned significant amounts of area and produced smoke which was visible through the Modis Aqua Satellite (top right). The prescribed fires of West Virginia and Colorado were used to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health. AQI around the country was not ideal because they was code red (unhealthy) in Nebraskaand Oklahoma, code purple (very unhealthy) in Nebraska and California, and moderate levels in the rest of the states (AirNow, bottom left).

Posted by km15 at April 12, 2017 11:09 PM
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