Smoke from Canada hides the sun in the Algarve

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Since the beginning of June, Canada has been facing one of its worst forest fire seasons, with millions of hectares destroyed by fire. First it was the United States that was covered by layers of heavy smoke, now it’s Europe’s turn, NASA’s Earth Observatory records.

Satellite images shared on Monday show smoke reaching Europe.

According to NASA, the smoke plume is loaded with carbon particles, which have traveled about 3,218 kilometers, summarizes a Sapo Tek publication.

The fumes are also being observed by a network of ground-based sensors called AERONET. The network contains more than 500 sun photometer instruments that measure the optical depth of aerosol around the world. And on Monday morning, June 26, the smoke recorded in Spain and France showed values above 0.5 AOD, in areas whose normal values are 0.1 AOD. And if the sky is clear, the values are below 0.05.

Despite the records of the arrival of the smoke plume to Europe, NASA says that during Monday the air quality remained regular, when compared to the unhealthy quality of the affected areas in Canada and the United States. “But visually, it will be possible to notice the effect of the smoke in the sky, which will contribute to sunrise and sunset with more intense tones,” concludes the same publication.

Effects of fires in Canada still have no influence on the continent and the Azores

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