Pyrocumulonimbus cloud in Alberta10-minute Full Disk sector GOES-18 (GOES-West) Fire Temperature RGB, “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm), Cloud Top Height and Cloud Top Temperature (above) showed the formation of a pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) cloud produced by a wildfire southeast of Edson, Alberta (station identifier CYET) on 04 May 2023. Cloud-top 10.3 µm infrared brightness temperatures were as cold as -61ºC, while the multispectral Cloud Top Temperature derived product revealed values as cold as -66ºC. Cloud Top Height values reached 39,000 feet. It should be noted that these Full Disk sector images and products are (unfortunately) provided at a reduced spatial resolution in AWIPS.
A plot of 0000 UTC rawinsonde data from Edmonton, Alberta (below) indicated that the pyroCb cloud-top temperatures colder than -60ºC were close to the tropopause temperature, suggesting that some smoke and cloud material may have been injected into the lower stratosphere.GOES-18 True Color RGB images from the CSPP GeoSphere site are shown below.