Friday, July 15, 2005

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.


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.