Situation Update 15 May 2023
Spring has arrived in the region north of Kazakhstan, a wide expanse of land stretching 1,200km from Yekaterinburg, to Kurgan, Tyuman, Omsk and Novosibirsk. As the snow melts, the lack of precipitation in this area has steadily led to an increase in wildfires. Precipitation data from JAXA Global Rainfall Watch in this area since 24 April 2023 shows that there was little to no precipitation, especially in the area surrounding Omsk to Novosibirsk.
Figure 1: 72hr accumulated precipitation data from 5th to 7th May UTC. As seen, no precipitation was recorded from an area spanning Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk for a period of 72hrs. Source: JAXA Global Rainfall Watch
On 8th May 2023, data from NASA’s Terra and Aqua MODIS instrument showed many hotspots (see Figure 2) appearing in this area. This is corroborated by imaging captured by Copernicus’ Sentinel-2 satellite (see Figure 3).
Figure 2: Hotspots denoted in red showing active wildfires in Russia in the region north of Kazakhstan. Data from the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites. Source: NASA Worldview and MODIS Terra and Aqua Satellites
Figure 3: Imagery from Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite shows active wildfires near Novosibirsk. Source: Copernicus EO Browser / Sentinel-2
Over the next few days, data from JAXA Global Rainfall Watch in this region showed that rain had fallen (see Figure 4). There was also snow, and together, it helped lead to a reduction in the hotspots. We’ll continue to monitor the situation, and as we get more up to date data on the hotspots, we’ll post another update.
Figure 4: 72hr accumulated precipitation data from 12th to 14th May UTC. If you refer to precipitation data from previous days, rain actually started arriving from the 9th. Source: JAXA Global Rainfall Watch
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