Smoke from the Australia Fires has now traveled around the entire planet, NASA says
It’s now global. According to NASA, the smoke from the Australia Fires has now traveled around the entire planet. In the video, which shows the global aerosol distribution from August 2019 until January 2020, one can see several high impact events across the globe between August 2019 and January 2020, including Hurricane Dorian (August to September 2019), major fire events in South America and Indonesia (August to September 2019), and extreme wildfires in Australia
The local impacts of the Australian bushfires have been devastating to property and life in the country, while producing extreme air quality impacts throughout the region.
“As smoke from the massive fires has interacted with global weather, the transport of smoke plumes around the globe has accelerated into the upper troposphere and even the lowermost stratosphere, leading to long-range transport around the globe,” NASA explained.
The smoke from these bushfires will travel across the Southern Ocean, completing a global circumnavigation back around to Australia, and is particularly pronounced across the southern Pacific Ocean out to South America.