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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.

Smoke from Fires in Southern USA

32.4N 81.1W

March 5th, 2013 Category: Fires

USA – March 4th, 2013

Several fires can be seen in the southern United States. Near the center right edge is a blaze in South Carolina, near the Georgia border and the Savannah River Site (a nuclear reservation). Moving to the southwest, several fires can be seen in the border area by southern Georgia and the Florida panhandle.

Fire Near Savannah River, South Carolina, USA

32.4N 81.1W

January 21st, 2013 Category: Fires

USA – January 20th, 2013

A fire can be seen burning near Savannah River, South Carolina, in the upper right quadrant of this image. The fire may be part of a prescribed burning plan, a key aspect of wildfire prevention, that the U.S. Forest Service of Savannah River has decided to perform prescribed burns this winter.

The fire service fire managers carefully ensure adequate smoke dispersal, to limit the smoke’s impact, through guidelines established by the Forest Service and South Carolina Forestry Commission permit processes. Longleaf pine ecosystems – the predominant ecosystem on the Savannah River Site – historically have been maintained by frequent, low-intensity fires that burned every three to 10 years.

Hurricane Sandy (18W) Threatening East Coast of USA

29.5N 80.5W

October 28th, 2012 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Sandy (18L) – October 27th, 2012

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Track of Hurricane Sandy (18L) - October 27th, 2012 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 18L

As of 5 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC) October 27, Hurricane Sandy is located within 25 nautical miles of 30.2°N 75.2°W, about 335 mi (540 km) east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina and about 345 mi (555 km) south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Maximum sustained winds are 65 knots (75 mph, 120 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 961 millibars (hPa; 28.38 inHg), and the system is moving northeast at 11 kt (13 mph, 20 km/h). Hurricane force winds extend up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center of Sandy, and tropical storm force winds up to 520 miles (835 km) from the center.

Sandy continues to be a large and dangerous system and poses a major threat to portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Residents from New England to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia should begin to prepare for Sandy.

Effects from Sandy could potentially begin as early as Sunday and peak in intensity Monday into Tuesday. The latest projected path takes the center of Sandy into the Northeast coast between Long Island and the Del-Mar-Va Peninsula.