October 9, 2017

Fires and Heavy Smoke in Northern California

Today was a nice and clear day throughout the nation. However, just north of San Francisco, CA, more than a dozen wildfires tore through wildlife and communities with at least 11 people reported killed by the fires. In the Terra satellite imaging below (top left), we see the mass amounts of smoke produced by the Sunday evening fires. The smoke is most dense at the origin but heavy concentrations of smoke is seen in the Pacific Ocean (HMS, top right). AOD trajectories provided by VIIRS CONUS (bottom) shows a 48-hour projection of the elevated AOD continuing to move out West into the Pacific Ocean while the trajectory pressure will circle back into California and the Pacific Northwest region. It is predicted that this will leave the PM concentrations relatively high in the region.

Posted by gaduran1 at October 9, 2017 11:24 PM
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Do you have a link to the smoke plume map (HMS, top right) and the VIIRS forecasts (bottom left)?

Pretty smoky out here in Calif, even on the Central Coast, far from the big fires.

Posted by: Peter D. Tillman at October 12, 2017 12:47 PM
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