|NOAA/NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite observed the smoke and aerosols released from the Western U.S. wildfires to show how the debris have traveled across the country towards the East Coast. Smoke from fires produces a mixture of particles and chemicals, which can include carbon monoxide, particulate matter (soot), benzene, metals, and more. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, organic aerosols can impact the respiratory, reproductive, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems in the body, just as high aerosol concentrations affect climate and reduce visibility.|
Thank you to the firefighters and city leaders who are working hard to keep communities safe! We send our good energy to those affected by the wildfires across the country. Click the links below to see the aerosol imaging from Suomi and view other interactive maps.