Friday, December 23, 2005

THROUGH 2330Z December 23, 2005

A pilot report at 2101Z indicated a large dust storm in extreme
northeastern Colorado near the border with Nebraska.  The dust was
so thick that the pilot flying at FL065 was unable to see the ground.
This dust storm was readily apparent as the sun set across east central
Colorado and west central Kansas centered on Cheyenne and Kiowa Counties,
Colorado, and Greeley, Hamilton and Kearny Counties, Kansas.  The dust
storm was moving rapidly to the south at 55 knots.

A fire burning along the border of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties
generated a thick plume of smoke that moved towards the east.

West Virginia:
A blaze in Boone County resulted in a smoke plume that also moved towards
the east.

Lower Mississippi Valley, Texas and Oklahoma:
Several fires were producing smoke plumes that moved generally towards
the north.  Most notable were blazes in Washington County, Alabama,
and Clarke County, Mississippi.


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.