DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 2330Z December 23, 2005
Colorado: 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. Florida: 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.