Gas explosion and fire in Los Angeles, California

March 17th, 2019 |

GOES-17

GOES-17 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

1-minute Mesoscale Domain Sector GOES-17 (GOES-West) “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) revealed the southwestward motion of a dark smoke cloud resulting from a gas explosion and fire in South Los Angeles, California on the morning of 17 March 2019.

A sequence of 5-minute “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) and Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm) images from both GOES-17 and GOES-16 (GOES-East) is shown below. It’s interesting to note that a distinct thermal anomaly (or fire “hot spot”) of 21.8ºC (darker orange enhancement) was apparent at 1502 UTC  and 1512 UTC in the GOES-16 Shortwave Infrared imagery — but not in the corresponding 3.9 µm images from GOES-17 (GOES-16 vs GOES-17: 1502 UTC | 1512 UTC).

In addition, the underlying mostly-urban landscape appeared a bit brighter in the GOES-16 Visible images, further enhancing the contrast between the dark smoke cloud and the surface (GOES-16 vs GOES-17 at 1517 UTC).

"Red" Visible (0.64 µm) and Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm) images from GOES-17 and GOES-16 [click to play animation | MP4]

“Red” Visible (0.64 µm) and Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm) images from GOES-17 and GOES-16 [click to play animation | MP4]

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