Friday, March 3, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z March 4, 2006

Central/Southern Plains to the Southeast:
An amazing number of fires dotted the region from the Central and
Southern Plains to the Southeast. While most of these fires were likely
agricultural or control burns, there still was an impressive number
of smoke plumes observed across the region under clear skies and brisk
winds. Will not even attempt to describe all of the visible smoke over
the area. However several of the smoke plumes stand out. Fires over
Jones, Jasper, and Butts Counties of central Georgia were responsible
for a large batch of moderately dense smoke which had traveled in a
southeasterly direction.  A fire in Scott County of central Mississippi,
around 30 miles to the east-northeast of Jackson was emitting a dense
smoke plume which was moving southward into Smith County. Locally
dense smoke plumes were also observed with fires near the Carter-Oregon
County border of southern Missouri, and Yell and Montgomery Counties
of west central Arkansas. The smoke from these fires was heading in a
south-southwest direction. More locally dense smoke was seen moving off
to the west-southwest from a fire in southern Angelina County of eastern
Texas. Several good sized fires burning across the coastal region of both
southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas were producing a decent amount
of smoke which had combined to form a large area of smoke which moved
southwestward paralleling the TX/LA coast. Some of the smoke appeared
to be moving very close to the Houston metropolitan area. A thin smoke
plume was also present across Lake Ponchartrain moving southward toward
a portion of New Orleans from fires over St. Tammany Parish. Finally,
a rather large moderately dense
area of smoke was observed moving northwestward from a fire in eastern
Reagan County of western Texas. The smoke moved just to the east of
Midland, TX.

Florida to Texas:
A very long but thin band of haze likely accompanying a southward moving
front stretched from the western Atlantic across central Florida, the Gulf
of Mexico, and over to the central Texas coast. It is possible that some
residual smoke and blowing dust might be embedded in this area of haze.

Strong southwesterly winds had kicked up a cloud of blowing sand/dust from
the dry Sevier Lake in Millard County and the Great Salt Lake Desert in
Tooele County and possibly other source regions in west central Utah. The
cloud had spread northeastward and appeared to be very close to if not
over the Salt Lake City region.



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.