Friday, January 7, 2006

THROUGH 2145Z January 7, 2006

S Florida:
Multiple fires in the swamps South of Lake Okeechobee mostly located in
Western Palm Beach county are producing a large area of thin to moderately
dense smoke that is moving SE over Broward and Miami-Dade counties into
the ocean toward Bimini island in the Bahamas. The plume extends about
214km from the Southern tip of Lake Okeechobee to S of Bimini island
and is about 90km wide.

Florida Panhandle:
A fire just NW of near Sumatra at the Liberty/Franklin/Gulf county line is
producing moderately dense smoke that extends 99km SSE into the southern
portion of Apalachee Bay and is about 24km wide.
A fire just E of Hosford near the Gadsen/Liberty county line is producing
intermittent puffs of moderately dense smoke that extend E 50km to the
Madison/Suwanee county line and is about 14km wide.
A fire near Holley in S Santa Rosa county is producing a fan of
moderate to dense smoke that extends 52km NE to where I-10 crosses the
Walton/Okaloosa county line and also extends 45km to the ESE over W
Choctawhatcee Bay.

A fire near Repton along the Conecuh/Monroe county line is producing
thin to moderately dense smoke that extends 47km NE into SW Bulter county
and is about 22km wide.

A fire within Fort Stuart along the Liberty/Bryan county line just east
of SR-119 is producing moderately dense smoke that extends east 82km or
about 20km offshore and is about 20km wide.

This text product was issued earlier than normal due to most of the
visible smoke was relegated to the Eastern US, where visible imagery is
becoming unavailable due to local sunset. This product may be updated
later tonight if smoke from fires in Central and Western North America
become detectable or dust/sand plumes are visible too.



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.