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Fires in the Yucatan Peninsula

Fires in the Yucatan Peninsula

The the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captured this color-enhanced infrared image of numerous fires burning in Mexican states of Campeche and Tabasco, and northern Guatemala on April 25, 2017. The actively burning fires are marked in red. February to May is the dry season in this part of the world, and these conflagrations could be forest fires or intentional agricultural burns set by farmers preparing their land for the coming growing season. To see a true-color image of these fires in NOAA View, click here.

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Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

Time Until The Summer Solstice
54 days, 11 hours, 33 minutes, 31 seconds

Weather History for April 27
The temperature at Pahala, located on the main island of Hawaii, soared to 100 degrees to establish a state record. (The Weather Channel)

An estimated 305 tornados between the 27th and 28th sets a record for the largest outbreak ever recorded, including two EF-5s, four EF-4s and 21 EF-3s. Arkansas through Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, southern Tennessee, Virginia to Pennsylvania and New York were all affected. An estimated 300 died including 210 in Alabama alone. This brought the April total past 600, the most in any month in recorded US weather history.

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