Hawaii Lava Flow Seen On Infrared Satellite

12:00 AM CDT | June 19, 2018

Satellite can be used to see storms, clouds, water, fire, and in this case - lava. You can see the lava flow from the Lower East Rift Zone in Hawaii clearly on these products from NOAA's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS). If you look at the infrared product with the 180 to 360K scale at the top, the lava stands out in bright orange. If you look closely, you can see a thin line of white pixels and even a few light gray pixels in the center of the orange. This is where the hottest temperatures jumped the scale and circled back to the cold side of the scale. It really puts into perspective the intensity of it. More information can be found on the CIMSS blog. If you are a weather nerd like myself, this is an excellent blog to follow.

-Graphic courtesy of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA