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Fires East of Mississippi Delta, Southeastern USA – March 29th, 2013

30.2N 85.1W

March 29th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – March 27th, 2013

Although moderate to heavy rains over the last week greatly improved the drought conditions in the southeastern USA, particularly across Georgia, most of Alabama and South Carolina, and northern and central Florida, many fires can still be seen burning in the region. Here, multiple plumes of smoke blow southwards towards the Gulf of Mexico. Also visible at the lower left is the Mississippi River Delta. Cooling temperatures and more rain are expected to slow the spread of the fires over the weekend.

Fires Across Southeastern USA – March 28th, 2013

31.3N 83.3W

March 28th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – March 27th, 2013

Many plumes of smoke from fires burning across the southeastern United States of America can be seen here. The fires are affecting several states (from left to right): Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, as well as Florida (below).

There are currently nine active large fires that have burned 13,226 acres as well as numerous smaller ones. A “large fire” is defined by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) as a wildfire of 100 acres or more occurring in timber, or a wildfire of 300 acres or more occurring in grass/sage.

Mississippi River Flowing Through Southern USA to Gulf of Mexico

32.4N 91.6W

November 28th, 2012 Category: Rivers

USA – November 25th, 2012

The Mississippi River is the chief river of the largest river system in North America. It rises in northern Minnesota and meanders slowly southwards for 2,530 miles (4,070 km) to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico (bottom). The river either borders or cuts through ten states. Here, it can be seen in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Formed from thick layers of this river’s silt deposits, the Mississippi River Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions of the country,

Many Fires in Louisiana and Southern USA – November 9th, 2012

29.8N 91.1W

November 9th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

USA – November 8th, 2012

Plumes of white smoke from fires in southern USA can be seen scattered throughout the image. While the thumbnail shows fires in southern Lousiana, clustered near the Mississippi River, in the full image fires can be seen near the coast in southern Mississippi and Alabama, and as far east as Florida.

County Line Fire in Florida and Other Wildfires in Southern USA – April 10th, 2012

30.5N 84.4W

April 10th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA - April 9th, 2012

Visible in the lower right quadrant of this image is the County Line Fire, a wildfire that began on April 5th in the Pinhook Swamp in Florida, USA. The swamp fire has burned about 7,000 acres, and the area affected runs along the Columbia and Baker County line.

The fire has been generating a lot of smoke; yesterday a Dense Smoke Advisory was issued for Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, and Alachua Counties. Over 27,000 acres in Florida have burned from 1,210 wildfires since the beginning of the year. Drought conditions are worst in north and northeast Florida, with severe drought in northern central Florida.

Moving northward and westward, multiple other plumes of smoke can be observed from fires in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Several plumes are clustered near the left edge of the image, by the Mississippi-Alabama border.