September 23, 2012 - Northeastern United States

Northeastern United States

On September 12, 2012 the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite passed over the northeastern United States and captured this true-color image of the late summer land under a nearly cloudless sky. Although the skies are sunny, a thin haze seems to hang over much of the image, and thick streaks of smoke and haze hang over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast from Maine to Delaware.

According to the Smog Blog published on September 13, smoke from fires in the east coast mixed with remnant smoke from fires in the western United States had been detected along the Atlantic coast, extending from North Carolina up to Canada. Throughout much of the summer of 2012, a continuing pattern of east-moving winds has carried smoke from the west long distances, causing hazy skies thousands of kilometers away.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 9/12/2012
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC