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Stories by Scott Bachmeier

Fires in California

The large (74,000-acre) “Day Wildfire” was still burning in the Los Padre National Forest just northwest of Los Angeles on 17 September — the MODIS true-color image (above) shows the thick plumes of smoke drifting westward. Strong offshore winds helped the fire (which had been... Read More

Mountain wave turbulence

The AWIPS MODIS 6.7 micrometer “water vapor channel” image (above) depicts an excellent example of a mountain wave signature over parts of the southern and central Rocky Mountains region, as strong winds associated with a jet stream axis were interacting with the rugged terrain.... Read More