DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THRU 1730Z JULY 19, 2005
Alaska/Northwestern Canada: Abundant cloudiness still covers a good portion of Alaska today making fire and smoke detection difficult. Morning GOES-10 Visible imagery shows smoke from the the widespread batch of intense fires burning across northwestern Canada between Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake has moved southward now into northern British Columbia and northern Alberta Province. Southeastern Canada: A synoptic scale weather system has moved into eastern Canada this morning bringing a large mass of cloudiness and areas of rain. This is making it difficult to detect the presence of smoke or any of the large fires which were visible yesterday. It would appear as though the large area of smoke present over southeastern Canada yesterday, has likely been pushed even farther eastward over the Atlantic and dispersed somewhat by this storm system. Western U.S.: GOES-10 Visible imagery this morning shows a widespread batch of smoke covering many states across the central and southern portions of the western U.S. This area of smoke appears to be trapped under a large sprawling ridge over this region. The morning sun angle revealed smoke covering a portion of southern Idaho, southern Wyoming, western Colorado, western New Mexico, most of Arizona and Utah, southeastern California, and the eastern half of Nevada. Several large fires were still detected burning across the western US especially over northern Nevada and northern and central Arizona.