These 'Dirty' Thunderstorms Fill Sky with As Much Smoke As Volcanic Eruption

Live Science | 4/20/2018 | Staff
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Wildfires can fuel "dirty" thunderstorms that fill the stratosphere with as much smoke as a volcanic eruption.

That revelation comes from a study on the biggest fire-fueled thunderstorm event on record, which occurred on the night of Aug. 12, 2017, in British Columbia, Canada.

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These fire storms are called pyrocumulonimbus storms, or pyroCbs. Like regular thunderstorms, they produce lightning and are very tall. But pyroCbs are also filled with smoke.

"You end up with this very dirty thunderstorm," David Peterson, a meteorologist with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, who presented his findings last week at the annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria. "Essentially, this is a giant chimney taking smoke from the surface to high altitudes, at least to aircraft cruising altitudes."

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Smoke from the wildfires in August 2017 in northern Canada could be seen from space, by instruments aboard the Aqua satellite.

The enormous smoke plume from the pyroCbs in British Columbia drifted over Europe and then eventually encircled the entire Northern Hemisphere. Using satellite data, Peterson's team observed the signal from this smoke in the...
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