Sunday, July 31, 2005

THRU 0100Z JULY 31, 2005

A main chunk of smoke has become detached from the active fires and has
drifted into southwest Alaska and the northern Gulf. It is mainly south
of 60N and between Kodiak Island and Squaw Harbor. Numerous active fires
are producing dense smoke plumes. The smoke is seen mainly in the Yukon
Valley from Fairbanks westward. The largest concentration appears to be
north of the river in the stretch between Galena and Tanana.

Fires near Klamath Falls and in the Wild Rogue Wilderness are producing
limited smoke plumes. The Rogue fire had smoke drifting north and east
while the fire near Klamath Falls was moving to the northeast.

A fire in Sequoia National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park is
producing a limited amount of smoke that is confined to the general
vicinity. A smoke plume along the Merced/Fresno county line west of
Interstate-5 is fanned out in NNW/SSE orientation just around sunset.
Dust and Sand:
The Saharan dust and sand has become more diffuse and is now seen along
the western periphery of the Gulf of Mexico and reaching into deep
south Texas.



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.