Fires in Portugal and Spain, dust off Morocco
Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
Portugal's severe fire season isn't over yet, with new blazes breaking out across the country at the end of the second week of September. With temperatures near 100 degrees Fahrenheit for several days, firefighters face a difficult challenge, particularly in the southern coastal region of Algarve, a popular tourist destination. In this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from September 12, 2003, a large fire was detected and is marked with red at the southwest tip of the country. A long smoke plume trails over the Atlantic from the blaze. Meanwhile, a dust storm is bringing a cloud of dust and sand northward over Morocco and the Atlantic Ocean.