Smoke from Australian fires over the South Pacific Ocean

January 2nd, 2020 |

 

GOES-17 True Color RGB images [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-17 True Color RGB images [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-17 (GOES-West) True Color Red-Green-Blue (RGB) images (above) showed dense smoke — from Australian bushfires — over the South Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand on 02 January 2020. The imagery was created using Geo2Grid.

Some of this smoke had become entrained into the circulation of an anomalously-deep low pressure system (below).

GFS model Mean Sea Level Pressure anomalies [click to enlarge]

GFS model Mean Sea Level Pressure anomalies [click to enlarge]

GFS model 500 hPa Geopotential Height anomalies [click to enlarge]

GFS model 500 hPa Geopotential Height anomalies [click to enlarge]