EUMETSAT SATELLITE APPLICATION FACILITY ON OZONE AND ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY MONITORING
ATTENTION:15th July: Metop-B/GOME-2 products became available and measurement configuration was changed for Metop-A/GOME-2
The Metop-A/GOME-2 instrument was changed to the narrow swath mode (960km) on 15th July. The Metop-B/GOME-2 instrument measures with the default mode of 1920 km swath. At the same time the new Metop-B based products became available
Colorado smoke plumes over Europe
The smoke plume above the Atlantic Ocean, measured by GOME-2 instrument onboard of the Metop-A satellite on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013, around 11:00 UTC. The values are as Absorbing Aerosol Index (AAI). (Source KNMI / EUMETSAT)
The fires, caused by lightning strikes, started around West Fork on 5th June 2013. The fires lasted long time due to the rough terrain with lots of dead pines. Furthermore, drought and high winds further fueled the fires since 20th June.
The fires destroyed forests over of the area more than 30 thousand hectares. Such large fires have not occurred in this area previously and it's exceptional that smoke is transported over so long distances over Atlantic.
The transportation was possible because of wery small smoke particles about one-tenth micrometer (0.0001 mm) and high altitude of the plume (>2km).