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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wildfires in British Columbia

From NOAA Satellite and Information Service:

An immense cloud of smoke from wildfires burning in the Canadian Province of British Columbia drifts southeastward in this true-color image captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite on August 8, 2017.

According to the Vancouver Sun, more than 25 fires have ignited during the past two days. The newspaper also noted that, "Since April, there have been 928 fires and just over 500 of them have been confirmed to be naturally caused while another 364 were human caused." The British Columbia Wildfire Service reported that, as midnight on August 8, 2017, there were more than 120 wildfires burning in the province.

Although true-color images like this may appear to be photographs of Earth, they aren't. They are created by combining data from the three color channels on the VIIRS instrument sensitive to the red, green and blue (or RGB) wavelengths of light into one composite image. In addition, data from several other channels are often also included to cancel out or correct atmospheric interference that may blur parts of the image.

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