Friday, July 08, 2005

THRU 0230Z JULY 09, 2005

The large mass of smoke from several large fires across central Alaska
has spread eastward over the border into northwestern Canada.

A swath of very large wildfires stretching across north central
Saskatchewan Province and into western Manitoba Province of west-central
Canada are responsible for a very significant area of smoke which
is moving quickly eastward from Saskatchewan into Manitoba Province
and across Hudson Bay. These fires are also likely responsible for a
very large detached area of smoke seen in early morning GOES-10 and
late afternoon GOES-12 visible imagery across region extending from
eastern Quebec Province to Newfoundland. This area of smoke has been
gradually dispersing during the past couple of days as it heads slowly
southeastward. At this time the southern edge of this area of smoke may
graze the the northern tip of Maine during the next 24 hours. Will need
to closely monitor the enormous area of smoke from the huge west-central
Canada fires to see if it approaches the United States.

Northern Mexico/Texas:
Several fires south of the Rio Grande River in northern Mexico have
occasionally sent puffs of smoke into Texas. In particular the fire over
northern Coahuila has sent a small batch of smoke into the Big Bend area
of southwestern Texas.

A number of large fires across northern Baja California continue to
send smoke plumes northeastward into far southeastern California and
southwestern Arizona.


Unless otherwise indicated:
  • Areas of smoke are analyzed using GOES-EAST and GOES-WEST Visible satellite imagery.
  • Only a general description of areas of smoke or significant smoke plumes will be analyzed.
  • A quantitative assessment of the density/amount of particulate or the vertical distribution is not included.
  • Widespread cloudiness may prevent the detection of smoke even from significant fires.