Wednesday, October 26, 2005

THROUGH 0300Z October 27, 2005

Southern Canada/Northern Great Lakes region:
A handful of significant fires located across the southern tier of Ontario
Province in south central Canada were emitting dense smoke plumes which
were moving in a southerly direction. The leading edge of some of the
smoke plumes had spread close to the northern portion of Lake Superior
as well as Lake Huron.

Southern and Southeastern US:
Rather small smoke plumes were scattered across Alabama, Georgia,
and South Carolina, as well as Louisiana and the eastern half of
Texas. Patches of more concentrated fires were seen over southern
Louisiana which created an area of very localized dense smoke. A good
sized fire burning in the Apalachicola National Forest in Liberty County
of the Florida panhandle was responsible for a narrow but long area
of smoke which extended out over the Gulf of Mexico nearly 100 miles
from its source. This fire has been burning for several days. Smoke
from numerous agricultural burns across the Mississippi Valley region
of southeastern Missouri, eastern Arkansas, and western Mississippi had
covered a good portion of the area just prior to sunset.

Minnesota/North Dakota/Southern Canada:
A tremendous number of agricultural fires again was present across
western Minnesota, much of North Dakota, and southern Saskatchewan and
Manitoba Provinces of southern Canada. A few of these fires had long
narrow smoke plumes associated with them. The smoke was moving in a
northwesterly direction over western Minnesota and in a  more NNW or
northerly direction over North Dakota and Canada.

South Dakota:
At least 2 fires were detected in the Black Hills region of western
SD. Smoke from these fires was not as widespread as yesterday, but
smaller plumes were still noted moving northward.

Western US:
A large amount of cloudiness across the western US limited smoke
detection. However, some breaks in the clouds over western Oregon allowed
for fire and smoke detection. Large clusters of fires across western
Oregon were responsible for a large batch of smoke which had spread
northeastward into north central Oregon. The most concentrated fires
were located over NW Oregon between Interstate 5 and the Cascade Range,
southeast of Salem. A second concentrated area of fires was located over
southwestern Oregon in Coos County.



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.