Fires in the Iberian peninsula

Fires in the Iberian peninsula

6 Aug 2015 09:12 UTC–11 Aug 12:12 UTC

Fires in the Iberian peninsula
Fires in the Iberian peninsula

Due to the hot summer and consequent dry soil, there were a number of fires in the Iberian peninsula, on 6-11 August.

Last Updated

22 October 2020

Published on

06 August 2015

By Jose Prieto

The fires (red areas) can be seen on the animation of the Meteosat-10 HRV with NIR, 6 Aug 09:12 UTC–11 Aug 12:12 UTC. Smoke is apparent near the time of sunset, due to better illumination conditions.

 Meteosat-10 HRV with NIR, 10 Aug 18:12 UTC
Figure 1: Meteosat-10 HRV with NIR, 10 Aug 18:12 UTC

On Figure 1 (above, right) the number of hot spots shows that on some days there was almost simultaneous occurrence of fires at considerable distances from each other. The presence of cloud hid, but did not prevent, the fires.

Download animation , Meteosat-10 HRV/NIR, 6 August 09:12 UTC–11 August 12:12 UTC.
Download full resolution image Meteosat-10 HRV/NIR, 10 August 18:12 UTC

 

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