Monday, November 28, 2005

THROUGH 0200Z November 29, 2005

Southern Texas/Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama/Tennessee:
Visible imagery late this afternoon with the accompanying lower sun
angle showed a swath of blowing dust/sand which is likely leftover
from yesterday's big event over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and old
Mexico. The area of dust just prior to sunset extended from southern
Texas to along and off the southeastern Texas coast over the Gulf of
Mexico to the Louisiana/Mississippi coast, then northward from there over
northern Alabama into western and central Tennessee. It is possible that
the dust/sand stretches even farther to the north than that, but other
cloudiness is preventing detection. Since the area of dust/sand was not
visible in satellite imagery until late afternoon, it is likely not nearly
as dense as yesterday. Also, with the dust/sand being transported far from
its source region and the fact that surface visibilities from reporting
stations in the area of the dust/sand cloud are not being restricted,
there is a good probability that most of the dust/sand is aloft.

Northwestern Texas/Western Oklahoma/eastern Colorado/western Kansas:
A moderately dense dust/sand plume is analyzed extending from the far
eastern portions of Colorado across far western Kansas, western Oklahoma,
and northwestern Texas to the Red River region of TX/OK. Strong northerly
and northwesterly winds have transported this cloud southeastward from a
source region most likely over far eastern Colorado, although additional
cloudiness in the area makes an exact determination of the source region

Southern Oklahoma/northern Texas:
A number of grass fires fanned by strong westerly winds continue to burn
across southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. A rather long smoke plume
from the fires burning across eastern Stephens County of south central
Oklahoma extended nearly 150 miles to the southeast into northeastern
Texas, just south of the Red River. Another fire along the Tarrant/Palo
Pinto County border of north central Texas was producing a relatively
small smoke plume which was moving southeastward possibly across portions
of the southern Dallas-Fort Worth region.

A cluster of fires burning in the Coronado National Forest of eastern
Cochise County in southeastern Arizona is emitting a moderately dense
smoke plume which has spread south-southeastward across the AZ-Mexico
border. Other fires producing even smaller southward moving smoke
plumes were present over east central AZ in the Apache-Sitegreaves
National Forest just north of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and
over central AZ in the Coconino National Forest in southern Coconino
County. Additional small smoke producing fires over northern AZ in
Coconino County were located in the Kaibab National Forest and also on
the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

Southern California:
A couple of fires over Imperial County of far southern California are
responsible for a small localized area of smoke which stretches from
the southern portion of the Salton Sea to the CA-Mexico border.



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.