Smoke from fires in Australia will soon make a complete revolution around the Earth: what it looks like
The smoky plume from forest fires in Australia, raging in the country since November 2019, will soon make a complete revolution around the Earth. This is stated in a statement by NASA, writes RBC.
Agency experts note that by January 8, a plume of smoke had already overcome halfway around the Earth. “Smoke is expected to go through at least one full circle around the globe and return to Australia again,” the NASA report said.
In addition, NASA experts indicate that smoke contributes to the formation of a large number of cumulus clouds. These clouds then cause the so-called dry thunderstorms - with lightning but no precipitation.
The fires in Australia are not just causing devastation locally. A fleet of @NASAEarth satellites are working together to analyze the accumulation of aerosols and smoke, which is causing an unusually large number of fire-induced thunderstorms: https://t.co/9DRkatm0mf pic.twitter.com/MDZex82NbQ
- NASA (@NASA) January 9, 2020
Such a wide distribution of smoke is explained by the fact that after entering the stratosphere, its particles can spread thousands of kilometers from its source, affecting atmospheric conditions around the world, NASA explained.
The smoke has already changed the color of the sky in South America and adversely affected New Zealand, causing serious air quality problems. In addition, in this country, smoke particles markedly colored snow on the mountain peaks - they darkened.
On January 3, satellite of the Japan Meteorological Agency Himawari-8, launched in October 2014, took photos of forest fires in Australia. About 3 thousand military men were involved in extinguishing. According to the latest data, 24 people and more than 1 billion animals died in the fire. The Australian authorities will allocate about $ 1,4 billion to deal with the consequences of the disaster.
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