Plumes of hazy smoke stretch across California and southern Oregon, as large wildfires continue to burn in the Western U.S. This GOES East satellite image, captured on July 27, 2018, shows the site of California's two largest blazes: The rapidly growing Carr Fire, seven miles northwest of Redding, and the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park.
GOES East captured this image of a strong low pressure system moving through central Canada on July 15, 2018. The storm, which formed southwest of the Hudson Bay along the border of Canada's Manitoba and Saskatchewan provinces, brought rain to the Canadian prairies as well as cooler temperatures. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, temperatures reached 91°F (32.8°C) on July 14, but dropped to 77 degrees (25°C) the following day, according to data from Environment Canada.
Several interesting atmospheric features appear in this GOES East satellite image of the western Atlantic Ocean, captured July 9, 2018. The small eye of Tropical Storm Chris is visible off the coast of the Carolinas, while in the eastern Caribbean Sea, we can see the remnants of former Hurricane Beryl, around which a thick plume of Saharan dust is wrapping north and east of the storm. Chris, which formed on July 8, is the third named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.
A massive plume of Saharan dust appears across the tropical North Atlantic Ocean in this image captured by the GOES East satellite on June 27, 2018. For the past week, visible satellite imagery has shown a hazy, beige-colored cloud stretching from the west coast of Africa to the Caribbean Sea. Known as the Saharan Air Layer, this dry, dusty air mass forms over the Sahara Desert during late spring, summer and early fall, and typically moves westward over the tropical Atlantic Ocean every three to five days.
Plumes of smoke blow across northern California in the wake of several wildfires that erupted across the region due to hot, dry weather and windy conditions. This image, captured by the GOES East satellite on June 26, 2018, shows smoke extending across California's Central Valley into neighboring Nevada as the fires have grown in size. The hazy smoke is also visible off the California coast, where the normally blue waters of the Pacific Ocean have taken on a beige-gray colored hue.
On the first day of astronomical summer, the GOES East satellite captured this image of a large storm system moving across the central United States. The comma-shaped cloud pattern and well-defined circulation indicate that this was a mid-latitude cyclone, a type of storm we more commonly see during the colder months of the year.
The 2018 summer solstice occurred at 6:07 a.m. Eastern Time on June 21, marking the longest day of the year and the first day of astronomical summer in Earth's northern hemisphere. The June solstice is the exact moment each year when the Northern Hemisphere reaches its greatest possible tilt toward the sun. The sun's direct rays reach their northernmost position with respect to Earth's equator, along the Tropic of Cancer, at 23.5°N latitude.
Warm, dry conditions have fueled several fires across the western United States over the past week. On June 13, 2018, the GOES East satellite captured this geocolor image of wildfire smoke mixed in with storm clouds developing over Colorado and the central Rocky Mountains. The largest of the blazes is the 416 Fire in southwestern Colorado, about 13 miles north of Durango. As of June 13, the fire had grown to nearly 26,000 acres and was only about 15 percent contained.
The GOES East satellite captured this image of the sun rising over Hurricane Bud in the eastern Pacific Ocean on June 12, 2018. Positioned roughly 200 miles off the western coast of Mexico, Bud is the second named storm of the 2018 Eastern Pacific hurricane season, and the second storm within four days to reach Category 4 strength - following the rapid intensification of Hurricane Aletta late last week.