Wednesday, February 22, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z February 23, 2006

Numerous fires scattered across a good portion of the Florida peninsula
were responsible for more than a dozen smoke plumes which spread rapidly
to the northeast. Due to a widespread cumulus field across the state
during the afternoon, many of these smoke plumes did not become visible
until later in the afternoon when the cumulus field began to diminish.
By that time, some of the smoke plumes had mixed together to form rather
large areas of smoke which moved toward and off the east coast of Florida.

Several smoke plumes were observed with fires detected over Kansas this
afternoon, with brisk westerly winds blowing the plumes generally in
an eastward or east-southeast direction. The most significant plumes
originated from fires located over southern Riley County and along the
border of Cloud-Republic Counties of northeastern Kansas, as well as
over western Finney County of western Kansas.

A fire to the east of San Diego in the vicinity of Jamul produced a
moderately dense smoke plume which fanned out in both a southwesterly
direction and southeasterly direction. Some of the smoke appeared to
pass across the southern portion of the San Diego metropolitan area.
A cluster of fires across Sutter, Colusa, and Glenn Counties of north
central California emitted very narrow smoke plumes which rapidly spread
southward during the afternoon. One of these plumes extended over 100
miles to the south of its source.

Locally dense smoke was observed moving generally in a southward direction
from fires located in both the northern and southern portion of Coos
County in southwestern Oregon.



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.