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Firing Up the Weather

  • By AMS Staff
  • Aug 23, 2023

A Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image taken on 25 Mar 2004 shows smoke in the sky from fires burning in Southeast Asia. 
[Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA-GSFC]

“Wildfires are not just a consequence of climate change or global warming—they’re also an active participant.”
—Xin Huang of Nanjing University, coauthor of a recent study in Science that suggests large fires can create feedback loops that alter local weather and subsequently amplify the fires.

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