Storms in Arizona and New Mexico • Storms in Arizona

Thunderstorms have brought Storms in Arizona and New Mexico. Also a little but lightning and gusty winds to fires burning in Arizona and New Mexico. On July 13, 2003, lightning ignited a fire on the Fort Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona about two miles west of the small town of Whiteriver. The Kinishba Fire quickly exploded to several thousand acres, forcing about 5,000 people to evacuate their homes. In three days, the fire had grown to 17, 700 acres and was only 15 percent contained. This series of images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image on the Aqua and Terra satellites shows the actively burning area of the Kinishba Fire (westernmost cluster of red dots) and several others burning in Arizona (left) and New Mexico (right).

New Mexico is a state in the Southwestern region of the United States of America; its capital and cultural center is Santa Fe, which was founded in 1610 as capital of Nuevo México (itself established as a province of New Spain in 1598), while its largest city is Albuquerque with its accompanying metropolitan area.

Also Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912, coinciding with Valentine’s Day. Historically part of the territory of Alta California in New Spain, it became part of independent Mexico in 1821.

Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

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