before and after images of soil moisture
This image shows soil moisture change in the top soil layer (2-inches deep) on May 2 and 3, 2009, as measured by the NASA Quikscat satellite. Image credit: NASA/JPL
Hot weather just before the Santa Barbara, Calif., wildfire quickly dried up soil moisture from rain one day prior, contributing to the fire danger.

For the full image, to to http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA12006 .

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