NASA's New Satellite Movie of One Week's Ash Activity from Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano
Satellites continue to provide a look at the ash and gas clouds being emitted from Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano. NASA has animated imagery from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite to provide a week long look at the volcano's activity.
The GOES-13 satellite captured these images of an ash cloud streaming from Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano and blowing over the town of Puebla, located to the east. The images were captured from April 14 through April 22, 2012. (Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project) Download video (19 MB mov)
"Most of the time, the prevailing westerly winds carry the debris (ash and smoke) far to the east in the mornings, while the daily rains bring down the ash before it can go far in the afternoon," said Dennis Chesters, of the NASA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-13, captures visible and infrared images of weather over the eastern U.S. every 15 minutes, and spotted an ash and gas cloud streaming from Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano over the period from April 14 through April 22, 2012. The one minute, 14 second black and white video covers shows the volcano's ash mostly blowing to the southeast. NOAA operates the GOES series of satellites, and NASA's GOES Project, at NASA Goddard compiles the images into animations.
Over the course of a week, the light brown cloud of ash and smoke can be seen streaming from Popocateptl, and then the white, puffy cumulus clouds develop in the afternoon and sometimes bring rain.