Fires Heating Up in Australia

June 23, 2020 – Australia Sees Wildfires in Northern Territory
Fires in NT Australia
Suomi NPP image of fires in the Northern Territory in Australia on June 23, 2020.

This image was captured by the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite on June 23, 2020 and shows red points which designate areas that are higher in temperature than the surrounding earth. If smoke is present, as it is here, it is indicative of fire.

The VIIRS instrument which collected this image is a 22-band radiometer which collects infrared and visible light data to observe weather, climate, oceans, nightlight, wildfires, movement of ice, and changes in vegetation and landforms.  Suomi NPP is the first Earth-observing satellite to measure both global climate changes and key weather variables.  Suomi NPP is managed by NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Caption by Lynn Jenner and image courtesy of  NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).  NASA’s Worldview application provides the capability to interactively browse over 700 global, full-resolution satellite imagery layers and then download the underlying data. Many of the available imagery layers are updated within three hours of observation, essentially showing the entire Earth as it looks “right now.”

South American Fires 2019

Aug. 19, 2019 – South American Fires

Fires in South America

Lots of South American fires burning right now. Here’s the Suomi NPP VIIRS RGB plus hotspot image for the last two days on the left, with one orbit of the OMPS aerosol aerosol index (unsmoothed) on the right.

Information provided by Colin Seftor, an atmospheric researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.