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Wildfires as seen from space

Wildfires as seen from space
Image courtesy: NASA
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one might be worth 2,000 since it depicts two very interesting features as seen from space.

This satellite photo was taken Monday afternoon from NASA's MODIS satellite program. This is a raw, untreated image, so I drew in the Columbia River in blue (no, it's not really glowing like that) and put Portland on there to help get your bearings.

You can see the smoke from the fire near Mount Adams drifting east. But if you look over on the coast, you can see those headland winds causing those wacky swirls in the fog, just like I highlighted in last week's blog entry.

If you'd like to peruse more from this satellite gallery, here are several links to keep you busy for a while:

This site will get you the gallery from today and see as their two satellites, Aqua and Terrain, make their orbits around the globe.

This site is sort of their "greatest hits" of the past week -- good, centered shots of stuff like the California wildfires and hurricanes, etc.

And, of course, this is their home page to find even more cool images. Hope you have your dictionary handy, as these will be sure to generate thousands of words :)

P.S., here is a current photo of Hurricane Bertha near Bermuda: