The Amazon rainforest, covering northwestern Brazil and Colombia, Peru and other South American nations, has had a record number of the blaze this year – the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has detected 72,843 fires in 2019, 83 per cent higher than in 2018.
Reuters said that INPE had spotted 9,507 new woodland fires, for the most part, concentrated in the Amazon, since Thursday, August 15. Satellite pictures by NASA additionally show smoke covering the South American districts, as the rage of the inferno on.
Brazil’s Sao Paulo was plunged into darkness as a result of the fires, as smoke from more than 1,700 miles, away saw ‘day turned into night’ across the city. The National Institute of Meteorology said the city is immersed ‘inside a cloud’.
Helena Balbino, an Inmet weatherperson, said: This is because of this convergence of such different masses. The cold front of the capital, coupled with the mild temperatures coming from the ocean and the warm inland wind, cause this turbulence and this has lowered the level of the cloud. So we are inside a cloud
— Leandro Mota (@leandromota_) August 19, 2019
Josélia Pegorim, Climatempo meteorologist, told Globo: The smoke did not come from fires from the state of Sao Paulo, but from very dense and wide fires that have been going on for several days in Rondônia and Bolivia. The cold front changed the direction of the winds and transported this smoke to Sao Paulo. Here in the Greater Sao Paulo region, we had the combination of this excess humidity with the smoke, so it gave this appearance in the sky.
🌎Just a little alert to the world: the sky randomly turned dark today in São Paulo, and meteorologists believe it’s smoke from the fires burning *thousands* of kilometers away, in Rondônia or Paraguay. Imagine how much has to be burning to create that much smoke(!). SOS🌎 pic.twitter.com/P1DrCzQO6x
— Shannon Sims (@shannongsims) August 20, 2019
As reported by Reuters, Setzer said: There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average. The dry season creates favorable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.