DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THRU 0130Z JULY 16, 2005
Alaska/Northwestern Canada: Central Alaska, Yukon Territory and Kenai Peninsula fires are producing a large area of smoke moving across Alaska and Northwestern Canada. The smoke covers most of Alaska and stretches eastward into Yukon and Northwest Territories then southward into northern Alberta and northern/central Saskatchewan. The fires in Saskatchewan are most likely emitting smoke and contributing to the overall smoke coverage, but due to cloud cover the smoke cannot be seen in GOES 12 and 10 imagery. Eastern Quebec/East of James Bay: Numerous fires are producing large individual plumes in the region east of James Bay. The plumes from these fires are starting to combine together to make one large area of smoke in Eastern Quebec. Northern/Central Plains/Northeast US/Southern Ontario/Quebec: Smoke stretches across a large area of the central and northeastern U.S. including the states of Kansas, Eastern Nebraska and South Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Western Illinois and eastward into Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and northern New York. The smoke then moves northward into southern Ontario and Quebec. This large area of smoke is most likely from the fires in Saskatchewan, but this cannot be confirmed.