Serendipity: in conducting our regular daily monitoring of satellite imagery for oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico, we noticed a huge plume of smoke coming from the east side of the city of New Orleans on this NASA/MODIS satellite image taken early Saturday afternoon:
|Detail from NASA/MODIS satellite image taken August 27, 2011 showing 200-mile-long smoke plume originating on the east side of New Orleans.|
We tweeted about this at 7:14pm eastern, and in the wee hours this morning @dmyersloyola replied that we’d identified a large wildfire burning in a marsh on the edge of town. (Are you following us on Twitter yet?) Here’s a video report on the fire. It’s extremely smokey, a serious air-quality problem and public health concern for nearby residents. It was possibly triggered by lightning.