Smoke from fires in Quebec, Canada

May 31st, 2010 |

POES AVHRR visible + showrtwave IR images

POES AVHRR 0.63 µm visible + 3.7 µm shortwave IR images

Large wildfires began to burn in parts of Quebec, Canada during the last few days of May 2010. AWIPS images of  1-km resolution POES AVHRR 0.63 µm visible channel and  3.7 µm shortwave IR channel data (above) revealed several clusters of hot pixels (yellow to red pixels) associated with active fires on 29 May 2010, with large smoke plumes drifting southeastward.

On the following day (30 May), a 1-km resolution MODIS 0.65 µm visible image (below) showed the large smoke plumes that continued to drift to the southeast.

MODIS 0.65 µm visible image

MODIS 0.65 µm visible image

An animation of 4-km resolution GOES-13 3.7 µm shotwave IR images (below) showed the flare-up of active fire hot spots (yellow to red color enhancement) during the daytime hours on 30 May.

GOES-13 3.9 µm shortwave IR images

GOES-13 3.9 µm shortwave IR images

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible channel images (below) depicted the very long smoke plume that had drifted across the northeastern US and out across the adjacent waters of the Atlantic Ocean on 31 May. This thick smoke was reducing visibility and causing air quality problems across parts of New England on that day.

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible images

GOES-13 0.63 µm visible images

This smoke plume was also very apparent on a MODIS Red/Green/Blue (RGB) image, created  using bands 1/4/3 (below).

MODIS true color RGB image (using bands 1/4/3)

MODIS true color RGB image (using bands 1/4/3)