Friday, June 29, 2012

Views of Fires

Here are a couple of views of the smoke from fires in Utah yesterday.  The first is from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) on board NASA's Terra satellite.  The smoke plume on the left is from the Clay Springs Fire, the one of the right is likely the Seeley Fire.  There may be smoke from the Wood Hollow fire between them.

The second is from a 737 just north of the Uinta Mountains.  The smoke over the Uintas may be of remote origin, as well as from the Pole Creek and Church Camp fires.  The cumulus cloud on the horizon near the center of the picture may be a pyrocumulus from the Seeley Fire.

Rain looks unlikely through about the 4th of July, then the models are hinting at perhaps some monsoon moisture sneaking in.  We'll have to see if that comes to fruition and if it just merely adds to the misery due to more lightning starts.

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