TRMM Biomass Burning: Smoke Inhibits Rainfall Cloud Cover With Fires March 1, 1998

  • Released Wednesday, September 1st, 1999
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:58PM
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Smoke from forest fires has, for the first time, been proven to inhibit rainfall, according to an extensive analysis of data taken from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft.

Cloud cover and fires from biomass burning for March 1, 1998 indicated on a topographic map of northern Borneo (dimmer version)

Cloud cover and fires from biomass burning for March 1, 1998 indicated on a topographic map of northern Borneo (dimmer version)

Cloud cover and fires from biomass burning for March 1, 1998 indicated on a topographic map of northern Borneo

Cloud cover and fires from biomass burning for March 1, 1998 indicated on a topographic map of northern Borneo

Slate indicating fire color for biomass burning as red.  Video slate image reads, "TRMM Biomass BurningCloud-cover with FiresMarch 1, 1998".

Slate indicating fire color for biomass burning as red. Video slate image reads, "TRMM Biomass Burning
Cloud-cover with Fires
March 1, 1998".

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D. Rosenfeld, TRMM observed first direct evidence of smoke from forest fires inhibiting rainfall, Geophysical Research Letters, 26, 1999, 3105-3108


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