Friday, 28 June 2013

NASA: Smoke over northern Spain from North American wildfires

Stunning images from NASA's Terra satellite captured on Wednesday and Thursday show smoke plumes over Spain and the western Mediterranean, which they think has come from wildfires in Canada. 

NASA states that on June 27, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image showing smoke plumes hovering over Spain and the western Mediterranean Sea.

NASA says that data collected from its own satellites and other observation stations suggests the smoke came from wildfires in Canada.

They also it was possible but "less likely" that the some had drifted over Spain from wildfires as far afield as the US state of Colorado, or from other areas in the southwestern US. 

NASA describes the smoke as having a faintly yellow-tan or milky gray color, compared with the brighter white clouds surrounding it.

A larger and higher resolution image can be viewed here showing the surrounding areas.

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