The devastating Australian bush fires have affected million of living organisms so far. From nature to property everything has fallen before the raging fire. While scientists are scrambling to figure out how what the long term effects are going to be, NASA just revealed to us a more immediate effect- where the tons of smoke will be going.
Citing satellite data NASA scientists tell us that by Jan 8 the smoke has already completed its way half around the Earth. They expect the smoke to complete a full circuit around the globe before coming back to Australia again.
— NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) January 9, 2020
As the smoke travelled, parts of New Zealand reported experiencing severe air qualities while for many parts of Chile and Argentina it was hazy skies and coloured sunsets and sunrises.
In their media release, Nasa explained “The fires in Australia are not just causing devastation locally. The unprecedented conditions that include searing heat combined with historic dryness, have led to the formation of an unusually large number of pyrocumulonimbus events.
According to Nasa the uplift of smoke and ashes from the bush fires has triggered fire-induced thunderstorms, which provide a pathway for the smoke to travel more than 16 kilometres up into the stratosphere.
Once the smoke is in the stratosphere it can travel thousands of miles away affecting global weather conditions. If Nasa’s predictions are true Australian cities might again have to endure poor air quality.
The fight against global warming received a massive set back through Australian bush fires as it has already released extremely large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As of today, more than 100 fires continue to burn in the eastern parts of Australia, however, cooler conditions and forecasted rains are aiding the firefighting efforts.