Wednesday August 31, 2005

THROUGH 1530Z August 31, 2005

Central and Northern Plains:
An area of thin smoke was entrained along a frontal boundary and mixed
with clouds over parts of the central and northern Plains. This thin
smoke was seen mainly over eastern South Dakota and Nebraska and adjoining
southwest Minnesota and western Iowa. The whole area was moving east. The
smoke is likely from the fires over Idaho.

Great Lakes:
A small area of moderately thin smoke was seen over central Lake Huron
just west of the back edge of the cloud shield associated with the
remains of Katrina. The smoke area was moving east-northeast.

Two fire burning in or near Montorse county in western Colorado are
producing thin plumes of smoke that are drifting to the northeast into
Delta and Mesa counties.

Texas/Oklahoma Panhandles:
A thin area of smoke was seen drifting south over the Oklahoma and
northwest Texas Panhandles.

A narrow plume of smoke approximately 75 km wide extends from south
central Montana (a bit to the north of the Bighorn Mountains) to the
east southeast into northeast Wyoming and reaching just to the south of
the Black Hills. The plume was moving to the east southeast.

Two areas of smoke were seen over mainly Hudson Bay. One area extended
across much of the central Bay from the Manitoba/Ontario border in the
southwest to northwest Quebec in the northeast. A second area was over
the northwest part of the Bay from Southampton Island southwestward
along the Nunavut coastline.



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.