Fires in Central America
Scattered clouds have done little so far to quench scores of fires burning in southern Mexico and Central America in early May 2005. The region is at the tail end of its several-month-long annual dry season, and fires have been burning and billowing smoke on and off for more than a month. In this image of the area captured by the Terra MODIS instrument, active fires are marked in red. Fires are numerous in the mountains along Mexico's western coast and right near the border of Mexico and Guatemala (down and to the right of image center).
A silver swath of sunglint streaks across this NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the MODIS Rapid Response team. Around the Yucatan Peninsula, a turquoise-blue halo of sediment creates a highlight against the deeper blue of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.