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. NASA Views Southern California Fires And Winds

Smoke from multiple wildfires burning in Southern California, together with dust in Southern California, Baja California and mainland Mexico, swirl out into the Pacific and Gulf of California, respectively, in this false-color visible image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on NASA's Aqua satellite, acquired at about 7 p.m. Eastern Time on October 22. Strong Santa Ana winds are fanning the wildfires, among the most destructive in recent memory. Image Credit: NASA/JPL
by Staff Writers
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Oct 24, 2007
With a click of the mouse button, the public can see NASA views from space, including some at Google Earth, of Southern California's raging wildfires and the ferocious Santa Ana winds that are driving them.

Images taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (Modis) on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites are processed daily and made available by the JPL OnEarth Web Map Server, and at Google Earth. This effort is part of an ongoing collaboration with JPL, Google Earth, and NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., to make remote satellite imagery available to the public and decision makers. Latest Modis fire images at onearth.jpl.nasa.gov/socalfires

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., manages Aqua and Terra. Images from the NASA/JPL QuikScat satellite and Airs instrument on the Aqua satellite show the winds' powerful path.

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