Saturday, July 30, 2005

THRU 0400Z JULY 30, 2005

Extensive cloud cover over the eastern portion of interior Alaska
(roughly east of Fairbanks) makes smoke detection difficult. Moderate
to dense smoke covers much of the western part of the state. An area
extends from the northwest over Kotzebue Sound southeastward and then
east toward Fairbanks. The smoke area also drops southward into southwest
Alaska, passing mainly between Kodiak Island and Squaw Harbor. The smoke
continues into the Gulf and reaches as far south as 52N153W.

Moderately dense smoke from several fires in northern Idaho (near
Lewiston) and near the Idaho/Oregon border (near Ontario) is seen mixed
with clouds and moving to the northeast. The smoke from the northern
Idaho fires extends into northwest Montana, crossing the continental
divide while the smoke from the fires near Ontario reach into central
Idaho. Additional fires in southwest Oregon have smoke that has mainly
remained more localized. This includes fires in the Wild Rogue Wilderness,
southwest Douglas county and northeast of Ashland. More extensive smoke
was associated with a fire complex near Klamath Falls and was moving
northeast into Lake county.

A plume of smoke is seen extending from a fire in southwest Daggett
county Utah in the Ashley National Forest to the northeast into southwest
Wyoming. The smoke is interspersed with extensive clouds across the area.

A fire in Sequoia and Kings Canyon is spreading smoke to the northeast. A
blaze south of Bakersfield is producing smoke that is drifting to
the south.

Dust and Sand:
A large area of Saharan dust and sand can be seen over much of the
southwest Gulf of Mexico. The northern extent is from near Corpus Christi
in Texas to Campeche on the western Yucatan peninsula.



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.