October 22, 2021

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Wildfire smoke spreads across US in striking images from space

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Black carbon particulates from wildfires spreads eastward across the U.S. in this image captured July 21, 2021. (Image credit: Joshua Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory)

NASA has released striking satellite images of wildfire smoke clouds covering vast swaths of the U.S., from the West Coast all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. 

NASA’s Earth Observatory released the two images on July 23. The first image, captured on July 20 using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard the NOAA-20 satellite, clearly shows a band of smoke drifting eastward, as well as fresh plumes of smoke above California and British Columbia. 

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