JPSS Sees Grass Fires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas
Widespread large grass fires began to burn across parts of northwestern Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas, and the Texas panhandle in March 2017. The fires grew very quickly during the late morning and early afternoon hours, due to strong southwesterly winds. On the following day, the large size of the grass fire burn scars and smoke could be seen in the Suomi NPP Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite image. Grass fires impact air quality, visibility and climate. JPSS data can be used to provide guidance to air quality forecasters and the public when smoke emitted from large wildfires elevates to dangerous levels.
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