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Category: Fire detection

Grassland fire in North Dakota

GOES-16 (GOES-East) Fire Tempera ture RGB images (above) showed the rapid north-northwestward spread of a wind-driven grassland fire across Sioux County in far southern North Dakota during the early afternoon hours on 21 August 2022. South-southeasterly winds were gusting to 17-18 knots (19-21 mph) at surrounding METAR sites during that time period.The GOES-16 Fire Temperature... Read More

McKinney Fire in California produces multiple pyrocumulonimbus clouds

1-minute Mesoscale Domain Sector GOES-17 (GOES-West) “Red” Visible (0.64 µm), Fire Temperature RGB, “Clean” Infrared Window (10.35 µm) and Cloud Top Temperature derived product images (above) showed that the rapidly-growing McKinney Fire in far northern California produced multiple (5 or 6) pulses of pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) clouds late in the day on 30 July 2022. The coldest pyroCb cloud-top 10.35... Read More

Oak Fire in California

GOES-18 images shown in this blog post are preliminary and non-operationalGOES-17 (GOES-West) True Color RGB images created using Geo2Grid (above) showed the Oak Fire smoke plume as it spread northwestward across California on 24 July 2022. The Oak Fire has become the largest wildfire of California’s 2022 season.Overlapping 1-minute GOES-18 Mesoscale Domain Sectors... Read More