Autumn tree colors, and a large fire burn scar in northeastern Minnesota

September 26th, 2011 |
MODIS true color and false color Red/Green/Blue (RGB) images

MODIS true color and false color Red/Green/Blue (RGB) images

A comparison of 250-meter resolution MODIS true color and false color Red/Green/Blue (RGB) images from the SSEC MODIS Today site (above) showed a few interesting features across northeastern Minnesota on 26 September 2011: (1) on the true color image, the appearance of the light orange signature of Autumn tree colors just inland along parts of the Lake Superior shoreline (in stark contrast to the bright white taconite tailings ponds just west/northwest of Silver Bay), and (2) on the false color image, the bright red burn scar from the recent Pagami Creek wildfire that had burned over 93,000 acres (since being started by lightning on 18 August) and was still only 53% contained on this day.