Along the Rocky Mountain range, there has been a dearth of snow cover. Although insect stress in the forests, and a hot spring that has turned into a hot summer. Therefore the result by late June 2012 was a surplus of smoke from many dangerous. The fires raging across the western United States.
The map above depicts the relative concentration of aerosols in the skies above the continental United States on June 26, 2012. The map was assembled from data acquired by the Ozone Mapper Profiler Suite. And on the new Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) satellite. Also Aerosol are tiny solid and liquid particles that have an outsized impact on weather and climate. And with the highest concentrations in deep red and the lowest in light yellow. The researchers who write “The Smog Blog”—hosted by the University of Maryland–Baltimore County. Therefore noted that much of the smoke in the midsection of the country is likely due to fires. Their reading of various instruments suggest that the aerosols lingering in the atmosphere. And are also finer and smaller than the usual signature for dust. Earlier in the week they noted that western fires were affecting air quality. And as far away as the U.S. East Coast.
NASA image by Jesse Allen, using OMPS data provided courtesy of Colin Seftor (SSAI). Caption by Michael Carlowicz.