DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THRU 0230Z JULY 09, 2005
Alaska: The large mass of smoke from several large fires across central Alaska has spread eastward over the border into northwestern Canada. 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. Southwest: A number of large fires across northern Baja California continue to send smoke plumes northeastward into far southeastern California and southwestern Arizona.