Persistent drought fuels fires in Australia •

Last update: June 1st, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows wildfire smoke blowing in westerly winds over New South Wales. 

More than 100 fires have already burned this month in Australia, affecting some rainforests and eucalyptus forests that do not often experience fire.

The unusual activity has been fueled by persistent and worsening drought.

According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), drier than normal conditions have persisted since the beginning of 2017 and the past 32 months have been the driest on record for New South Wales at 34 percent below average.

This natural-color image was captured on September 12, 2019 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 


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