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Fires and Phytoplankton In and Near the United Kingdom and Ireland – May 5th, 2011

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May 5th, 2011 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Phytoplankton

United Kingdom and Ireland - May 2nd, 2011

Fires in Northern Ireland

Fires in Scotland


Several interesting phenomena can be observed in and near the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

First, multiple fires can be seen releasing smoke towards the northwest in the upper part of the full image.

The first close-up shows fires in Northern Ireland (UK) and the northwestern parts of the Republic of Ireland.

The second close-up shows fires in the Scottish Highlands, with smoke blowing across the Minch towards the Isle of Lewis.

Finally, a bright green and turquoise phytoplankton bloom can be observed in the lower left quadrant of the main image (also visible in greater detail in the third close-up).



2 Responses to “Fires and Phytoplankton In and Near the United Kingdom and Ireland – May 5th, 2011”

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    Just marveling at how intense the patterns of the clouds are! I do not even know how I wound up looking your picture but I looked closely before reading the article- I wondered what was cascading downward. (not burning.hmmm)
    I am no pro at fire v residual spread of whatever would leave a trail falling from above but- that’s what I thought I was seeing. It seems that fire’s smoke would not rise so tightly self-contained… shouldn’t the smoke from a fire be heavy and not approach the colder air so poorly dispersed? It seems like it should have spread out long before reaching those elevations? Further, all the smoke is clean, very clean like water vapor cascading and resisting dispersal proportionate to temp. I would like to check against the NOAA fire senor satellite…
    any ideas of how to go about it for cross reference?

  2. 2

    Hello Melissa, here below the link to the Modis Raw data, used to generate the image, where you can see (as red dots) the fire detection operated using the instrument infrared bands.

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