Drift smoke from the Soberanes Fire over Carmel Valley. Photo by Vern Fisher/Monterey HeraldWhen associate professor Armin Sorooshian arrived on the central coast of California to collect air samples for his atmospheric research, he had no idea that the Soberanes Fire would soon ignite and spread.

The conditions have provided an unexpected opportunity to study smoke plumes in cloud water.

Photo courtesy of Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald

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