Friday, January 8, 2006

THROUGH 2215Z January 8, 2006

Offshore Georgia/South Carolina:
An area of thin smoke most likely from fires across the Florida Panhandle
last evening, continues to be seen just offshore SE of Hilton Head
Island, SC.  The plume has taken on the shape of an L that extends SE
from Hilton Head 105km. Then extends back to the NE 70km.  The plume is
slowly drifting NE along the coast.

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 smoke that
is moving W into Hendry and Glades counties as far W as Immokalee and
Goodno. The plume is about 89km W-E and 69km wide N to S.

Florida Panhandle:
A large fire near Holley in S Santa Rosa county is producing a line of
dense smoke that extends 200km NE to around Inverness, AL and is about
26km wide.

A fire along the AL/MS state line between US-98 and SR-217 north of
Wilmer is producing thin smoke that extends NNE 141km near Damopolis
and is about 14km wide.

A fire along the LA/AR state line near White, AR is producing moderately
dense smoke that is moving NE and combining with moderate dense smoke
from a fire near Hamburg, AR. The plume extends 120km from the LA/AR
state line fire to the Mississippi River near Snow Lake in N Desha county.

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.