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Updated Fire Imagery from the Suomi NPP Satellite
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Updated Fire Imagery from the Suomi NPP Satellite

The smoky haze has lifted over Northern California, Nevada and Idaho, revealing the many fires afflicting the region in this latest image from the Suomi NPP satellite, taken on August 16th, 2012. The “afternoon orbit” of Suomi NPP, along with its sister satellites NOAA-19 and NASA Aqua, are specifically designed to pass over the United States during the peak of the afternoon when wildfires are usually at their most intense of the day, providing timely, high resolution updates when firefighters need them the most. Not only is the afternoon orbit critical for fire weather information, but it is also important for understanding severe weather intensification such as in tornadoes and hurricanes, as the highest amount of convection typically occurs in the late afternoon.

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