Monday, October 24, 2005

THROUGH 0300Z October 25, 2005

Southern and Southeastern US:
A large number of smoke producing fires were present across the
southern and southeastern US. The most prominent ones were along the
Gulf Coast extending from the Florida panhandle westward to southeastern
Texas. Brisk northwesterly winds were transporting the smoke well to the
southeast and over the Gulf of Mexico. In some cases the smoke plumes
extended 150 miles or more to the south and southeast of the fires. A
few of the thickest smoke plumes were emanating from fires near or in
the Apalachicola National Forest in the Florida Panhandle, the Anahuac
National Wildlife Refuge in Chambers County TX, and the San Bernard
National Wildlife Refuge in Brazoria County TX.

North Dakota/Southern Canada:
A tremendous number of agricultural burns were noted across North Dakota
and the southern portions of Saskatchewan and Manitoba Provinces of
Canada, but only a few of these fires were producing smoke plumes that
were visible in GOES imagery.

South Dakota:
A rather large fire close to the WY/SD border in the Black Hills National
Forest was responsible for a narrow but dense smoke plume which was
moving southward toward the WY/SD/NEB border.

A few fires just north and east of Payson, AZ in the Coconino National
Forest were spreading moderately dense smoke plumes northward toward
the southern portions of Flagstaff.

Scattered significant fires were detected this afternoon and evening
across the western slopes of the Sierras from south central California
northward to far north central California. The dense smoke plumes were
generally moving northward and had combined to produce very large smoke
coverage which extended well north of the CA/OR border. Other scattered
fires over southern and central Oregon were also responsible for rather
large dense smoke plumes which were moving northward. In addition, a
combination of smoke from all of these fires over OR/N CA and possibly
some blowing dust had combined to form a very large area with a smoky/hazy
appearance on evening GOES visible imagery that covered all of central
and north central Oregon and stretched northward into Washington across
spots such as Yakima and all the way to north central Washington.



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.