Sunday, May 27, 2012

Gila Wilderness Still Burning

The fire in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico (officially called the Whitewater-Baldy fire) has burned approximately 85,000 acres (photo above from the the incident center). The 1415Z UTC visible satellite image below shows the smoke plume heading off to the northeast toward Albuquerque. Image also shows perfectly clear (and dry skies) over the Southwest. (Note for those who might not know - bright white area on the east side of image is White Sands.) The blended PW product (bottom) shows very low values over the eastern Pacific along and south of 30 N. Summer rains are still a long way off - unfortunately.

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