June 2012 Wildfire Smoke Dispersion
Credit: NOAA Visualization Lab
The HYSPLIT wildfire smoke model run on June 29th, 2012 shows the cloud of smoke being emitted from many of the wildfires raging in the Western U.S. at that time.
The actual locations of these point-source pollutants can be seen as very high concentration smoke areas. The ability of the GOES satellite to detect aerosols is an important input to these models, as are the wind measurements derived from GOES infrared imagery.