Category Archives: GOES-14

A second pyroCb in Idaho

The Pioneer Fire in central Idaho produced another pyroCb cloud on 21 August 2016 (the first was on 19 August). GOES-14 was in SRSO-R mode, and sampled the fire with 1-minute imagery (above; also available as a large 73 Mbyte animated GIF) — a large smoke plume was evident on 0.63 µm Visible images as […]

PyroCb in British Columbia

On 05 May there was a pyroCb in British Columbia  at 56.6 N 120 W. GOES-15 detected the smoke plume and clouds around the fires, as well as the fire hot spots. Starting at 00:00 UTC on 06 May, the animation below shows visible (0.63 μm) on the left and shortwave IR (3.9 μm) on […]

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 […]

Miner Paradise Complex PyroCB in Montana

A PyroCB event occurred in Montana on August 19, 2013, as seen with GOES-14 imagery. A two-panel comparison (above; click image to play animation) shows the visible imagery (top panel) as well as the shortwave infrared imagery (bottom panel). Hot spots are already apparent in Wyoming, and around 20:45 UTC, a hot spot flares up […]

PyroCb from Rim Fire Complex, CA

…Note: scroll down to the bottom of this post for 22 August and 23 August updates… On August 19, 2013, the Rim Fire complex in Groveland, CA spawned a pyrocumulonimbus cloud as it burned through the Stanislaus National Forest. The GOES-14 satellite was also placed into Super Rapid Scan Operations for GOES-R (SRSO-R) for the day, […]