Wildfires and hurricanes caught on NASA's true-color satellite image

by Jenny Mount · Sep 17th, 2020 3:01 pm
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Last Updated Sep 18th, 2020 at 7:20 am

NASA's Aqua satellite has captured images of the hurricanes and wildfires across the U.S.

On September 15, the satellite captured the true-color image, which revealed "the fires in the West, the smoke from those fires drifting over the country, several hurricanes converging from different angles, and Hurricane Sally making landfall," according to the space agency.

On Wednesday morning, Sally hit the shores on the Gulf Coast as a Category 2 hurricane. Since then, it has weakened to a tropical depression, but is still dumping rain as it moves across the South. At least two deaths have occurred as a result of the hurricane.

The satellite image captured four hurricanes and tropical storms in total. Hurricane Paulette is seen off the East Coast and Hurricane Teddy can be seen in the lower right-hand corner of the image.

"On the left hand side is Karina which is moving away from the Baja California area," NASA said. "Hurricane Sally, seen in the middle of the image, made landfall overnight on the Gulf Coast bringing catastrophic flooding in its wake."

The satellite image also shows the wildfires devastating the western U.S.

"Red points in the west note areas that are significantly higher in temperature than the areas around it and are indicative of fires," NASA said.


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