Category Archives: Suomi NPP

Two PyroCbs in Alaska

On 15 July two pyroCbs formed in the interior of Alaska. GOES-15 detected the smoke plumes and pyroCb clouds, as well as the fire hot spots. The first pyroCb (65.8º N, 155.5º W) formed from the Dulbi Flats fire around 1:30 UTC . The second pyroCb (66.6º N, 153.8ºW ) formed from the Hog Fire, […]

PyroCb in Colorado

On 10 July 2016 a pyroCb formed in association with the Hayden Pass fire in central Colorado. Both GOES-15 (GOES-West) and GOES-13 (GOES-East) detected the smoke plume and pyroCb cloud, as well as the fire hot spot. The pyroCb (38.3 N 105.8 W) occurred at around 22:30 UTC. Starting at 20:00 UTC on 10 July, the animations […]

Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfire

GOES-15 (GOES-West) Visible (0.63 µm) and Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm) images (above) showed the hot spot (dark black to yellow to red pixels) and the development of pulses of pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) clouds associated with a large wildfire located just to the west of Fort McMurray, Alberta (station identifier CYMM) on 03 May 2016. The fire […]

PyroCb near Perth in Western Australia

A 2-panel comparison of Himawari-8 Shortwave Infrared (3.9 µm) and Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) showed the “hot spot” (red pixels) associated with a large bush fire burning near Waroona (south of Perth) in Western Australia on 06 January 2016 (media report), along with smoke from the fire and the explosive development of a pyroCb […]