The August Complex Fire and others this fire season have been sending far-reaching plumes of wildfire smoke into the atmosphere that worsen air quality in California and beyond. Predicting where that smoke will travel and how bad the air will be downwind is a challenge, but Earth-observing satellites can help.
An analysis of MISR measurements of cloud height over the past decade show a slight drop in cloud height. Between March 2000 and February 2010, global cloud height dropped by one percent on average. Read more.