Gulf Coast Smoke Plumes
October 01, 2001
The above image was taken on September 27 by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) aboard the Orbview-2 satellite and shows smoke plumes hovering near the surface on an otherwise crystal clear day. The Gulf of Mexico is at the bottom, and Mobile Bay is at the bottom center. Controlled burns related to agricultural usage are likely responsible for the plumes. Note that the direction of the wind is from the northeast - the smoke plumes fan out and become more diffuse downwind from the point source (burn area).