Thursday, January 19, 2006

THROUGH 0215Z January 20, 2006

The most significant smoke plumes analyzed this afternoon were produced
by several fires burning across the Florida panhandle counties of Liberty,
Franklin, and Bay counties. The locally dense smoke plumes were generally
moving in a west-northwestward direction and had combined to cover an
area extending nearly 100 miles to the west-northwest. Other long narrow
northward moving smoke plumes were observed with fires over Okaloosa
and Santa Rosa Counties of the Florida panhandle. A large number of
fires were also detected scattered across the remaining portions of the
Florida peninsula. Smoke plumes emitted by several of these fires were
moving in a westward direction.

Cloudiness moving across TX/OK interfered with the detection of fires
and smoke during the afternoon. As a result, only 2 smoke producing
fires were detected over Oklahoma and one over central Texas. The Texas
fire was located over northern Tom Green County and was responsible
for a long narrow northward moving smoke plume. Fires over Muskogee as
well as near the border of Pittsburg/Mcintosh Counties of east central
Oklahoma were emitting rather smoke which was spreading rapidly in a
northeasterly direction.



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.