Monday, January 9, 2006

THROUGH 2215Z January 9, 2006

Florida:  (thru 2215Z)
A fire near Holley in S Santa Rosa county is producing smoke that is
mixed with clouds and covers the southern 2/3rds of Okaloosa county
as well as over the burning area. The smoke appears to be aiding the
nucleation process for cloud development.

A fire in SE Leon county south of Bloxham produced a convective burst
of smoke that has been moving from SE to E under influence from the
midlevel westerly flow, while low level smoke is moving NNE across Gadsden
county to the GA boarder.  The mid to upper level smoke is fanning out
and extends SE 20km into central Wakulla county as well as  extending
E 30km to near the Jefferson/Madison county line. The low level smoke
extends NNE 39km and is about 14km wide.

A fire in eastern Franklin county between US-319 and SR-67 is producing
thin smoke that extends N 49km along the Ochlockonee River and is about
10km wide.

A fire just N of I-10 and E of US-441 in the Osceola Nat'l Forest is
producing thin smoke that is wafting in nearly all directions under very
weak flow but is trending more N than most other directions.  The smoke
covers most of N Columbia county with some coverage of far E Hamilton
and far W Baker county. This smoke combines with another area of thin
smoke from a fire along the FL/GA state line just S of SR-89 in GA in
Echols county. This smoke also is wafting in multiple directions but
mostly N where it covers E Echols and S Clinch counties.

Arizona: (thru 2215Z)
A fire along the Greenlee/Apache county (along the Salt Black River) just
NW of Hannagan Meadow is producing moderately dense smoke that extends
SW 37km along the river to the bend in the river before it turns NW again.

A fire in the Kaibab Nat'l Forest SW of Tusayan in Coconino county is
producing moderately dense smoke that extends W 68km into the central
portion of the Coconino Plateau.

Mexico: A fire in W Sonora just E of Lagunitas is producing thin smoke
that extends due S 94km to the Gulf of California. The plume is about
7km 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 WILL be updated
later tonight as the smoke from the Western fires in Arizona continue
to grow/expand.



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.