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Tropical storms and billowing wildfire smoke rage in the same NASA satellite photo

Storms and wildfires rage in the same satellite photo snapped by NASA's Aqua satellite.  (Image credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System. )

A satellite spotted several tropical storms and dozens of wildfires ravaging the United States together in one image. 

NASA's Aqua satellite captured six tropical storms and more than 100 different U.S. wildfires in a single photo snapped on Tuesday (Sept. 15). The wildfires, which have particularly scoured California, have now burned about 4 million acres (over 16,000 square kilometers) across 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. When the photo was taken, there were six named storms total — Sally off the Gulf Coast, Paulette, Rene, Teddy and Vicky in the Atlantic Ocean and Karina in the Pacific. 

While "satellite images are generated every single day, in fact multiple times from multiple satellites," NASA said in a statement, "it is still very unusual to capture an image of so many hazards in one image."

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In the image, you can see Hurricane Sally making landfall on the Gulf Coast overnight on Sept. 15, where it brought extreme flooding. The red spots in the image show the areas across the country where significantly higher temperatures indicate fires. 

On the left of the image, you can see Hurricane Karina in the Pacific. In the Atlantic, on the right of the image, are several other tropical storms. Then-Hurricane Paulette, for one, can be seen nearing Bermuda with winds as high as 74 mph (119 kph), though it is not expected to hit land, according to NASA. In the lower right-hand corner of the image, you can see Hurricane Teddy, swirling east of the Leeward Islands. Teddy also has winds reaching 74 mph (119 kph). 

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Chelsea Gohd joined as an intern in the summer of 2018 and returned as a Staff Writer in 2019. After receiving a B.S. in Public Health, she worked as a science communicator at the American Museum of Natural History and even wrote an installation for the museum's permanent Hall of Meteorites. Chelsea has written for publications including Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine, Live Science, All That is Interesting, AMNH Microbe Mondays blog, The Daily Targum and Roaring Earth. When not writing, reading or following the latest space and science discoveries, Chelsea is writing music and performing as her alter ego Foxanne (@foxannemusic). You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd.