Another satellite picture from NASA shows the West Coast of the U.S. furthermore, portions of Canada canvassed in smoke from developing fierce blazes while Hurricane Sally makes landfall in the Gulf Coast and several other hurricanes converge in the Atlantic Ocean.
The new picture, caught Sept. 15 by NASA’s Aqua satellite, shows the surprising impact environmental change is having on cataclysmic events, and researchers state these debacles may exacerbate or turn out to be more successful from the kept consuming of coal, oil and gas into Earth’s air.
The true-colour image shows wildfires along the West Coast, smoke from those flames covering North America and several hurricanes moving in on the continent from different angles.
NASA said in a statement that capturing so many disasters in a single photo is rare.
“Satellite images are generated every single day, in fact, multiple times from multiple satellites, but it is still very unusual to capture an image of so many hazards in one image,” the space agency said.
NASA noted that the red points in the image show areas that are “significantly higher in temperature than the areas around it” and are indicative of fires. The agency added that these points are most pronounced up and down the U.S. west coast, but blanket the entire country.
The wildfires have reached record-breaking proportions in California, Oregon and Washington and the satellite image show smoke from these areas starting to spreading across parts of Canada.
The smoke from the wildfires is so dense and huge it has even spread as far as to Europe, according to observations from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.
On the other side of the satellite image, Hurricane Sally is pictured making landfall at the centre of the Gulf Coast while four other tropical storms appear to surround the U.S.
Photo credit: NASA
News source: CTV News