Powerful downslope winds fueled wildfires in three states • Earth.com

Last update: September 23rd, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows thick smoke plumes streaming across the western United States from dozens of fires.

The same weather system that brought unseasonably cold air to the Rocky Mountains also sent powerful winds barreling down the slopes of mountain ranges in several different states. 

The intense downslope winds, also known as foehn winds, fueled a long line of fires in Washington, Oregon, and California. 

The image was captured on September 8, 2020 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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