Friday, May 08, 2009

Jesusita fire from the air, with MODIS helping


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Originally uploaded by dsearls.
The caption says:
"A view of MODIS fire detections, looking east-northeast and across the fire perimeter from about 25,000 feet above Goleta. A new hot spot shows in the canyon above Patterson Ave, near some orchards (or vineyards) above San Jose Creek. Of more interest are the other new hot spots approaching Painted Cave, on the other side of 154 and near the ridge."

Click through to embiggen and comment for the mapper, of course.

I've lost count of the number of people calling it, "Jesus, it's a fire!" with the implied "Get in the car!"

2 comments:

gawne said...

I had to read that a couple of times to get it to make sense. The MODIS instruments are aboard the EOS spacecraft, some 705 km above the Earth's surface. That's a lot higher than 25,000 feet.

But what the original author of that text seems to actually mean is that the big picture was taken from an airplane flying about 25,000 feet up, and then the locations of the MODIS images were superposed over it.

Mary said...

You're right. I wrote this while way too tired and trying to get it up while it was relevant.