NASA has released incredible satellite images showing clouds of wildfire smoke covering large areas of the United States from the west coast to the Atlantic Ocean.
NASA’s Earth Observatory released two images on July 23. The first image was taken on July 20 using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NOAA20 satellite. It clearly shows the eastward drift of the smoke belts, as well as the dense smoke rising over cool California and British Columbia.
The second was captured on July 21 and traced the concentration of black carbon particles (commonly known as soot) throughout North America. Data collected by NASA’s Global Model Assimilation Office (CMMS) shows that the concentration in several US states is particularly high, including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, and California too. such as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
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NOAA20 satellite captured this image of natural-color smoke in the northeastern United States on July 20, 2021. The imaging team on the
NOAA20 satellite captured this image of natural smoke taken in the northeastern United States on July 20, 2021. (Image source: Joshua Stevens / NASA Earth Observatory)
In New York City, the air quality index of fine particle pollution has risen to more than 170, which may be harmful even to healthy people. According to the Earth Observatory.
“This is a severe particulate pollution that New York City has never seen in more than a decade,” said Ryan Stover, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, in a statement. 4,444 According to data from the National Interagency Center for Firefighters, as of July 22, there were 79 wildfires burning more than 2,263 square miles (5,860 square kilometers) in the United States, and more than 21,700 field firefighters and support personnel were extinguishing the fire.
According to CNN, the largest fire was “the stolen property fire in Oregon, which burned more than 606 square miles (1,570 square kilometers).
Although the largest fire occurred near the west coast, most of it arrived. According to the Earth Observatory, The eastern city may have originated in a series of fires near the Manitoba-Ontario border.
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People living in the Northeast may not notice the atmospheric smog produced by wildfires on the west coast. And Canada. This is because the smog that spreads over long distances tends to spread at relatively high altitudes, at 3.1 To 6.2 miles (5 to 10 kilometers), the Earth Observatory explained. However, according to the Earth Observatory, data collected from NASA’s lidar micropulse network and aerosol robot network indicate that the large Part of the smog is still below 1.2 miles (2 kilometers).
This low altitude smoke darkens the sky, turns the sunset red, dyes the moon orange and even produces a smell of smoke thousands of kilometers away from the fire.
Wildfires are the result of drought conditions and extremely high temperatures, which are becoming more common due to climate change. According to the previous Live Science report, last month was the hottest June in US history and the fourth hottest June in the world.

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