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When Wildfire Smoke and Thunderstorms Collide: In June, the High Park fire sent a smoke plume billowing toward thunderstorms in northeastern Colorado. Scientists on NASA’s DC-8 were on hand to witness what happened when the two met.

Fires in California: While the 2014 wildfire season has been active in California, the fires have not been particularly large or damaging.

The snow-covered peaks of several volcanoes on the central Kamchatka Peninsula stand above a fairly uniform cloud deck that obscures the surrounding lowlands. In addition to the rippled cloud patterns—caused by interactions of air currents and the volcanoes—a steam and ash plume is visible extending north-northeast from the relatively low summit (2,882 meters above sea level) of Bezymianny volcano.

A plume stretched across the far northern Pacific in May 2012, likely the result of fires near Lake Baikal in eastern Russia.

Plumes from Pavlof Volcano: In November 2014, Alaska’s most active volcano—glacier-covered Pavlof—rumbled back to life.

Wildfire Scars Valparaiso, Chile: Satellite images show the extent of a destructive fire that burned thousands of homes in the picturesque seaside city.

Zambezi River Delta: One of Africa’s largest river systems reaches the Indian Ocean with less water and sediment today than in the past.