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Wildfire Smoke Reaches the Atlantic

Wildfire Smoke Reaches the Atlantic

On June 23, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of wildfire smoke over the North Atlantic Ocean near Newfoundland. The smoke has a yellow-tan or milky gray color compared with brighter white clouds.

Data from other satellites suggests that the smoke originated from wildfires in Canada; it is less likely, but possible, that it came from wildfires in Colorado and other parts of the southwestern United States.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.