Australia fires: NASA predicts smoke to make full circle around earth – Business Insider
Australia’s fires are producing so much smoke that it will travel all the way around the earth and back to Australia, NASA said.
NASA said that the smoke had already travelled “halfway around Earth” last week, reaching South America, and will “make at least one full circuit around the globe, returning once again to the skies over Australia.”
The fires have devastated Australia, killing dozens of people and an estimated one billion animals, burning thousands of miles of land and creating hazardous air quality.
The effects have reached other countries, including turning the sky red and glaciers black with smoke in New Zealand and affecting sunrises and sunsets in South America.
NASA predicts that the massive bushfires devastating Australia will produce enough smoke to make at least one full circuit around the planet and return to Australia.
NASA’s Goddard research center said that the smoke had already “travelled halfway around Earth” as of January 8, “crossing South America, turning the skies hazy and causing colorful sunrises and sunsets.”
“The smoke is expected to make at least one full circuit around the globe, returning once again to the skies over Australia.”
The sky turns red from bushfires in Bemboka, in Australia’s New South Wales state on January 5, 2020.
These storms are sending smoke into the stratosphere, with some plumes reaching 9.3 miles (15 kilometers) from the ground, NASA said.
And this smoke then “can travel thousands of miles from its source, affecting atmospheric conditions globally.”
NASA drew particular attention to Australia’s neighbor, New Zealand, saying: “The smoke is having a dramatic impact on New Zealand, causing severe air quality issues across the county and visibly darkening mountaintop snow.”