Saturday August 27, 2005

THROUGH 1600Z August 27, 2005

Northern Plains:
An area of smoke (combined from the Alaskan fires and those in Idaho)
is seen in an arc this morning from the northeast corner of Montana and
northwest North Dakota southeastward along the North/South Dakota border
and then curving into the Arrowhead region of northeast Minnesota.

Several areas of mainly thin smoke are seen across this region. A plume
of smoke extends east of a fire just north of Park City (southwest of
Billings) into southeast Montana along the Wyoming border. Several fires
in east central Idaho are producing localized smoke. Smoke in the valleys
may be locally dense but the general area is mainly thin. A fire near
Riggins in west central Idaho is producing a moderately dense, narrow
smoke plume to the southwest along the Oregon border to near Weiser.

An area of smoke from the Alaskan fires is over northwest Hudson Bay and
extends inland over Nunavut from along the Manitoba border north to the
Arctic Coast. This smoke is mainly thin with the thickest area near the
eastern Nunavut/Manitoba border along the Bay.



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.