Minnesota Fires From Space (Photo of the Day)

The cloud that is seen streaking away from the Minnesota Fires in the image below is a ‘pyrocumulonimbus’ cloud, formed as a result of the fires beneath it.

According to the American Meteorological Societyโ€™s Glossary of Meteorology, a pyrocumulus is “a cumulus cloud formed by a rising thermal from a fire, or enhanced by buoyant plume emissions from an industrial combustion process.”

This image was taken by NASAโ€™s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Terra satellite onย September 12, 2011 at 17:05 UTC (11:05 a.m. MDT).

Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


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