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WEDNESDAY MARCH 14 - NOAA RELEASES DESERT STORM PHOTOS
It's been ten years since Operation Desert Storm, which drove the Iraqi armies
out of Kuwait. You may remember that on their way out, they torched dozens of
oil wells. At the time, it was feared that the smoke from those fires would spread
well beyond the Middle East and cause changes in climate. That didn't happen,
but locally the thick clouds of smoke blackened the skies for weeks afterward.
Recently, the National Climatic Data Center released some newly enhanced
images of the Persian Gulf region during those fires. The images show dramatic
billowing black smoke stretching hundreds of
miles from the burning
wells. You can see these images yourself at the following web site:
and clicking on "What's Hot." There's plenty of other climate data there as well.