Friday, September 9, 2005

THROUGH 0030Z September 10, 2005

Midwest through Mid-Atlantic:
A large area of thin smoke from fires in Idaho and Montana is suspended in
the middle to upper troposphere over much of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic
region.  The smoke covers all of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,
and Tennessee along with a large portion of central and eastern Missouri,
extreme eastern Iowa, extreme SW Michigan (SW of Kalamazoo), All of
Ohio except NW of a line from Toledo to Wheeling,WV... this smoke is
affected by weak flow on the upstream portion of the Central Plains ridge.
A band of smoke also is being moved east into the entrance of a jet that
is exiting off the Eastern US. This band is of similar consistency and
covers all of West Virginia, all of Virginia except the SW panhandle,
all of Maryland, the Delmarva peninsula and Cape May of S New Jersey.
The boarders of Pennsylvania and North Carolina define the smoke area
very well.

Lower Mississippi River Valley:
Multiple agricultural fires are producing very small plumes of low to
mid-level thin to moderately dense smoke across the Mississippi River
valley from the Bootheel of Missouri south to Vicksburg, MS. Smoke is
drifting west around the southern side of the high.

Montana and the Southern Prairie of Canada:
Dense smoke from yesterday's burning from fires in Idaho and Montana
has drifted toward the NE up and over the peak of the upper-level ridge
affecting the Central Plains.  The smoke can be seen in the NE corner
of Montana into and covering the southern one-third of Saskatchewan,
from the northern extents of Lakes Manitoba and Winnepeg south to the US
boarder in Manitoba, and SW Ontario from the bend in the Ontario/Manitoba
boarder to Lake Nipigon to the coast of Lake Superior.



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.