Wildfire smoke lingers like a thin cloud over Russia • Earth.com

Last update: November 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows smoke from multiple wildfires over Russia on July 24, 2019. The smoke extends across over 4.5 million square kilometers of central and northern Asia.

In June and July, more than 100 intense wildfires have burned within the Arctic Circle, primarily in Alaska and Siberia.

“One fire here and there is not a big deal, as far as immediate local weather and climate impacts,” said NASA atmospheric scientist Santiago Gassó. “But when you have so many fires continuously emitting, the smoke remains in the atmosphere for so long that it can actually change temperature profiles for several days and has a meteorological and climatic impacts.”

The image was captured by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite on the Suomi NPP satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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