Tuesday, December 28, 2005

THROUGH 0200Z December 29, 2005

The coverage and intensity of the fires across the region stretching
from central Texas to northeastern Oklahoma was not nearly as great
as last evening. Patchy high cloudiness moving across the central and
southern Plains likely obscured some of the smoke, especially over
Texas. However, visible smoke plumes were detected through the high
clouds from at least 2 source regions. One cluster of fires which were
still intense over Seminole County of central Oklahoma was emitting
a long narrow smoke plume which moved quickly southeastward. A second
batch along the Atoka-Pushmataha County border was also producing a long
narrow southeastward moving smoke plume.

Numerous fires in the counties surrounding Lake Okeechobee were observed
through the morning and afternoon with the most concentrated batch of
fires noted across Palm Beach County. An area of relatively thin smoke
produced by these fires moved northeastward during the afternoon across
the counties of St. Lucie and Martin and offshore.

A rather intense fire near the border of Sabine and Vernon Parishes of
western Louisiana was responsible for a locally dense smoke plume which
moved to the southeast during the afternoon.



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.