Monday, January 2, 2006

THROUGH 1900Z January 2, 2006

Southern Plains/Lower Mississippi Valley/Tennessee Valley/Ohio Valley:
Morning visible imagery showed a large area of what appears to be
mostly leftover blowing dust/sand possibly combined with some smoke from
yesterday's fires and blowing dust/sand event which originated from far
eastern New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.  This morning, the leftover area
extended from eastern Texas across much of Louisiana and Mississippi,
then northeastward from there over western Tennessee, western Kentucky
to eastern Illinois and western Indiana. Winds wrapping around a low
pressure system moving from Missouri into Illinois were responsible for
blowing the smoke/blowing dust/sand northeastward and northward from
the southern Plains.

A few southeastward moving smoke plumes were noted this morning from
fires in western and central Texas located over Sterling, Irion, Reagan,
Eastland, and Erath Counties. Across south central and southeastern
Oklahoma, southeastward moving smoke plumes were detected from fires in
Pittsburg, Coal, and Murray Counties.

Numerous fires across Palm Beach County to the south and southeast
of Lake Okeechobee , which were believed to primarily be brief
agricultural burns, were responsible for small smoke plumes that had
spread north-northeastward across Lake Okeechobee and Martin County.



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.