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(CNN)All around you, there are tiny particles spended in the air, known as aerosols. When you zoom out and look at the world as a whole, these aerosols can paint a picture of what’s going on across the earth’s atmosphere, from weather patterns to natural and man-made events.

According to NASA’s description of the images, the blue is sea salt, the red is black carbon (like you would see from a fire) and the purple is dt. By looking at the patterns of these three aerosols, you can make out some weather and climate events: hurricanes, where the blues tightly gather; heavy winds and dt storms in the clouds of purple; and red smudges of carbon over wildfires.
“Some of the events that appear in the visualization were caing pretty serio problems on the ground,” the NASA description reads.
    “On Augt 23, Hawaiians braced for torrential rains and potentially serio floods and mudslides as Hurricane Lane approached. Meanwhile, twin tropical cyclones—Soulik and Cimaron—were on the verge of lashing South Korea and Japan. The smoke plume over central Africa is a seasonal occurrence and mainly the product of farmers lighting numero small fires to maintain crop and grazing lands. Most of the smoke over North America came from large wildfires burning in Canada and the United States.”
    To be clear, the colors aren’t actually how these aerosols look from space — certainly dt isn’t purple, and even the worst wildfire wouldn’t look quite so fierce from that far away. It’s jt the magic of science. Well, that and a lot of algorithms, imaging, modeling, data collection and so on.

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