This was the news release put out by NASA in response to observations of high carbon monoxide readings over the western United States
News release from NASA
Erroneous CO emissions over California cause unrealistic CO concentration in GEOS-5 model
March 1, 2016
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Elevated carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations over California in the GEOS-5 products since February 25, 2016, are incorrect. They are a consequence of unrealistic emissions derived from satellite observations of fires, which led to elevated concentrations of atmospheric CO (as well as other species).
NASA's EOS-Terra spacecraft entered safe mode on February 18, 2016, during an inclination adjustment maneuver. This caused the MODIS instrument to enter safe mode, with the nadir and space-view doors closed. When the Terra MODIS transitioned back to science mode on February 24, 2016, the operating temperatures for the SWIR and LWIR (Short-wave Infrared and Longwave infrared) focal planes have not yet stabilized. As a consequence, some data products have been severely degraded. This includes the "Fire Radiative Power" fields that are used by GEOS-5 to compute emissions of CO, CO2, and carbonaceous aerosols by biomass burning.
GMAO is working to correct this problem. The GEOS-5 analyses will be re-run from February 24, 2016, using only the EOS-Aqua MODIS data, in order to exclude the unrealistic CO emissions. EOS-Terra observations will be re-introduced once the instrument has stabilized.
With my lack of technical and scientific knowledge I was beginning to feel a bit like a conspiracy theorist in questioning NASA's explanation of instrumentational errors to deny the high readings.
So I am very pleased to have the company of Paul Beckwith who rejects the official explanation for very similar reasons to me. I believe he is spot-on.
Paul is no radical as we know.
I sincerely hope someone will take up Paul's suggestion and do some investigation.
Questioning the NASA version of events
California Dreaming, Instrumentation Error Seems illogical
1 March, 2016
I took the day off to break ice, shop, get my hair cut, and see friends. What a day to take off:). I stand by both of my videos released on February 29th on the California gas emissions on the major fault lines.