Saturday, August 7, 2005

THRU 0100Z August 08, 2005

N Canada:
A very narrow line of old thin smoke from the ongoing fires in Alaska and
the NW Territories has been caught up in strong W/NW flow transporting
it from NW Nunavut Territory across the southern portion of Nunavut into
the C Hudson Bay southeastward to Belcher Islands and the eastern shore
near the town of Kuujjuarapik.

SE Canada:
A narrow area of thin smoke from yesterday's ongoing fires near Lake
Nipigon is about 120 km wide and extends from near Montreal (where it
is moving rapidly eastward) southwest along the St. Lawrence River to
Lake Ontario and then back across to Georgian Bay and across the Upper
Peninsula of MI, where it is nearly stationary.

SW Ontario/N Minnesota:
Multiple fires near Caribou Lake and near and west of Lake Nipigon along
with ongoing fires in the Boundary Waters along the Canada/Minnesota
boarder are producing moderate to dense smoke across the aforementioned
area and eastward across Lake Nipigon and Lake Superior north of the
Keweenaw Peninsula.

Inter-mountain West/N Great Plains of the US:
A very large area of dense to moderately dense (varies and thins the
further east in the plume) from multiple large fires across W MT,N ID,
and SE WA (with most of the smoke being produced by the “School”
fire in SE WA).
The smoke covers nearly all of MT, all of ND and the northern one-third
of SD with some thin smoke pouring into Manitoba south of Lake Manitoba
and into northwestern portions of Minnesota at this time.  This area
is one of the largest smoke plumes of the 2005 fire season within the
lower 48 US states.



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.