Shenandoah National Park Wildfires

November 06, 2000


Provided by: NASA/GSFC
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

This SeaWiFS visible satellite image of the Middle Atlantic area of the US was taken on November 2, 2000 and shows smoke from a wildfire in the Shenandoah National Park of Virginia. The smoke plume is seen moving south across central Virginia. For many parts of the Middle Atlantic area, October was one of the driest months ever recorded, and November has also started off dry. The upper air ridge or dome of high pressure, which was responsible for the big wildfire season out west this summer, has migrated eastward and has been anchored over the eastern US for most of the last five weeks. Since in the mountains, many trees have now shed their leaves, once a fire has been ignited, the fallen leaves act as a ready-made source of fuel.

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