GOES-13 Imagery of Silver, New Mexico Fire

GOES-13 Visible and Shortwave IR Images (Click to Play Animation)

GOES-13 Visible and Shortwave IR Images (Click to Play Animation)

The Silver Fire continued to burn on June 12, 2013 in Southwestern New Mexico.  GOES-13  0.63 micrometer visible imagery (above, left panel; click image to play) showed an easily visible plume of smoke and pyrocumulonimbus cloud forming during the afternoon hours of the 12th.  Also, GOES-13 3.9 micrometer shortwave IR imagery (above, right panel; click image to play) showed a well defined hot spot before and after the formation of the pyrocumulonimbus.  Note the proliferation of red pixels during the afternoon hours in the IR imagery.  This is due to the ground temperatures reaching extreme levels parts of New Mexico and not due to fires.

Corresponding GOES-13 10.7 micrometer longwave IR imagery (below; click image to play) showed the development of a pyrocumulonimbus cloud during the late afternoon hours of June 12, 2013.  This animation showed cloud tops reaching -40 degrees Celsius before the convection collapsed.

GOES-13 IR Images (Click to Play Animation)

GOES-13 IR Images (Click to Play Animation)

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