Friday, November 18, 2005

THROUGH 0200Z November 19, 2005

Southern California/Baja Mexico:
A huge fire fueled by Santa Ana winds continues to burn in the School
Canyon area of southern Ventura County, CA. The enormous rather thick
smoke plume emitted by this fire extends westward over the Pacific,
moving over Santa Barbara and Point Conception in the process. The smoke
area then curves northward paralleling the CA coast and even has turned
a bit to the northeast which is sending it in the general direction
of spots such as Monterey Bay, San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties, and
possibly the San Jose metropolitan area. Several large fires burning
across northwestern Baja California, Mexico are producing dense smoke
plumes which are generally moving westward and over the Pacific Ocean. As
the smoke moves westward it also fans out which has brought the northern
edge of it across the border into southern San Diego County.

Arizona/New Mexico:
Several of the same fires that were burning last night are still active
across AZ/NM. At least 3 smoke producing fires were located over southern
Coconino and eastern Yavapai counties of central AZ. The fire northeast
of Payson, AZ in the Coconino National Forest of southern Coconino County
is emitting a narrow but locally dense smoke plume which is moving to
the southwest into NW Gila and NE Maricopa Counties. It is possible that
the leading edge of this smoke may approach the northeastern portion
of the Phoenix metropolitan area overnight. At least 2 fires over east
central Apache County of northeastern AZ near the New Mexico border are
responsible for a decent sized batch of smoke which is fanning out as
it moves off to the southeast. Over New Mexico, a fire burning in the
hills around 20-25 miles to the west of Los Alamos is still producing
smoke, though not as much as yesterday. The rather small smoke plume
is moving in a southeasterly direction. Finally, a possible small area
of blowing dust was visible for a short time late this afternoon over
Hidalgo County of far SW New Mexico. The possible dust cloud was moving
southward toward the Mexico border.

A cluster of fires mainly across Hughes, Mcintosh, and Muskogee Counties
of east central OK were producing smoke plumes which had combined to
form a general patch of smoke that had moved off to the northeast.

Southern Plains/Lower Mississippi Valley/Southeast/Middle Atlantic Region:
Quite a few fires were detected scattered across the entire region
stretching from Texas to Virginia to Florida, with a number of these
having visible smoke plumes. The most concentrated batch of fires
appeared to be across southern Louisiana. Smoke from these fires moved
south during the afternoon toward the Gulf of Mexico. A fire around the
Virginia Beach region of southeastern VA was responsible for a smoke plume
which had moved southeastward along the northern Outer Banks of NC. A hot
spot was still detected in GOES Channel 2 data as of 02Z with a single
fire over southern Davidson County of central NC. This fire earlier in
the day was emitting smoke which was moving in a southward direction.



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.