DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THRU 0230Z JULY 11, 2005
Alaska: A large area of smoke visible earlier this morning across northwestern Canada is not easily discernible this evening. It is possible that it has dissipated somewhat or a portion of it could be covered by cloudiness. Canada/North Central US: Very large fires continue mainly across Saskatchewan Province of west central Canada. An enormous area of smoke produced by these fires has spread southeastward across eastern and southeastern Canada toward the northeastern US. Some of the smoke may soon drift into northern New England overnight and early tomorrow. Southwest: One large fire is noted this evening across northern Baja California which is sending smoke northeastward in the general direction of southwestern Arizona. Another fire just south of the Arizona-Mexico border is producing a smoke plume that is headed toward southwestern New Mexico and far western Texas perhaps nearing El Paso overnight or early tomorrow. Central: Evening visible imagery showed an expansive area of haze covering a large region from the middle Mississippi Valley and central Plains to the far northern Plains. A concentrated area of what is believed to be mainly agricultural burns is likely contributing to the overall haze in the atmosphere. Some smoke from these fires was analyzed in a band stretching from north central Oklahoma to southern Nebraska.