Florida, USA - March 18th, 2009
Two fires are blazing in northwestern Florida, in the upper lefthand quadrant of this image. This western part of the Florida Peninsula has been experiencing long term drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
These drought conditions, reported the Florida Division of Forestry, are expected to worsen as a La Niña-like pattern continues to dominate the weather and will tend to bring below average rainfall to the state and above average temperatures.
Periodic freeze events will act to increase fuel loading in already dry areas and increase the fire danger through the spring months.
Therefore, there will be a high potential for an active wildfire season this spring.
Moving southward from the fires, towards the center, dark brown and green sediments pour into the Gulf of Mexico from rivers along the coast. The concentration of sediments is particularly intense near the mouth of the Crystal River, where the five power generation plants of the Crystal River Energy Complex are located.
Continuing further south, the Tampa Bay Area, including the cities of St. Petersburg and Tampa, is in view. In the full image, four bridges can be seen crossing the bay.