NOAA Air Resources Laboratory-added to Partner Modal 06/15
Las Vegas, NV
NOAA-20 and Suomi-NPP Help Forecast Wildfire Smoke over Nevada
The Mendocino Complex fire scorched more than 459,000 acres, destroyed 157 homes and forced thousands to evacuate in 2018. As the fires burned, air quality reached “unhealthy” levels in large regions of California and Western Nevada. Knowing how smoke from wildfires travels through the atmosphere is critical for visibility, but also human health. Particulate matter from wildfire smoke can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause a range of health problems. An experimental model that relies on data from the Joint Polar Satellite System’s Suomi-NPP and NOAA-20 polar-orbiting satellites has proved remarkably good at simulating the behavior of wildfire smoke.
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