Pyrocumulonimbus clouds produced by the Dixie Fire in California

July 19th, 2021 |

GOES-17 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm, top left), Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm, top right), “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm, bottom left) and Fire Temperature RGB (bottom right) [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-17 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm, top left), Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm, top right), “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm, bottom left), and Fire Temperature RGB (bottom right) [click to play animation | MP4]

5-minute GOES-17 (GOES-West) “Red” Visible (0.64 µm), Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm), “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm) and Fire Temperature RGB images (above) revealed that the Dixie Fire in northern California produced a pair of pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) clouds— denoted by cloud-top 10.35 µm infrared brightness temperatures of -40ºC or colder (shades of blue pixels) — late in the day on 19 July 2021. The maximum surface 3.9 µm brightness temperature sensed with this fire was 138.7ºC — which is the saturation temperature for the ABI Band 7 detectors.

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