Monday, January 2, 2006

THROUGH 0100Z January 3, 2006

Ohio Valley/Tennessee Valley/Southeast/Lower Mississippi Valley:
The area of leftover blowing dust/sand and smoke which was visible
earlier this morning across this region was no longer discernible in
satellite imagery.

The coverage and intensity of fires and smoke detected across Texas and
Oklahoma was certainly less than on Sunday. However, there still were a
lot of fires detected with smoke plumes observed with almost a dozen or
so. A few southeastward moving smoke plumes were noted during the day
from fires in western and central Texas located over Sterling, Irion,
Reagan, Eastland, and Erath Counties. The fires in Erath County were
producing the largest smoke plume which extended nearly 150 miles to
the southeast. Across central and southeastern Oklahoma, southeastward
moving smoke plumes were detected from fires in Pittsburg, Coal,  Murray,
Lincoln, and Creek Counties. Similar to the Erath TX fire, the largest
smoke plume from the Oklahoma fires stretched nearly 150 miles to the
southeast. This plume originated with the fires over Pittsburg County.

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
before dissipating.



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.