Smoke plumes from a smattering of fires burning in the southeastern states of Louisiana and Mississippi bend toward the East in this image captured by the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument on January 31, 2017.
According to information from atmospheric researchers at the University of Maryland, despite the number of fires in this area, these blazes, which were likely started for agricultural purposes, are producing light plumes of thin-density smoke that will likely not affect the air quality of the region.
True-color images like this one are created by combining data from VIIRS’s color channels sensitive to the red, green and blue (or RGB) wavelengths of light. In addition, data from several other channels are often also included to cancel out areas of atmospheric interference, such as clouds and aerosols, that can cause a blurry picture.
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