Thick Plumes of Smoke at Start of Northern Australia Bushfire Season – June 28th, 201212.4S 131.7E
The 2012 northern Australia bushfire season has gotten off to an intense start, as can be observed from the many thick plumes of smoke visible here, in the country’s Northern Territory. Most of the plumes are blowing towards the northwest, although shifting winds are carrying a few towards the west-southwest.
Winter is northern Australia’s fire season due to the drying out of summer grasses and lack of rainfall. This, combined with warm temperatures, dry winds and low humidity makes conditions ripe for the start and spread of fires. Also of note in this image are sediments along the coastline, particularly in the Van Diemen Gulf, between the mainland and the large Melville Island.