Monday, March 20, 2006

THROUGH 0115Z MARCH 21, 2006

A large storm system has limited smoke detection this evening over the
eastern half of the country.

New Mexico/Central Texas:
Strong west-northwesterly winds appear to have allowed two significant
plumes of blowing dust that extended from the high country of western
Texas and eastern New Mexico into portions of central Texas.  The southern
most plumes origins appear to be over far western Texas and extended
towards the Fort Hood, Texas area.  The northern most plume had it's
orgins over eastern New Mexico and extended along the cold frontal
boundary over central Texas towards the vicinity of Denton, Texas.

Concentrated fire activity over Florida/Georgia/Texas/Oregon/Washington
was producing little if any smoke plumes that were visible on satellite
imagery this afternoon/evening.  The most significant smoke activity
was associated with widespread fire activity over Cuba this evening.
Smoke plumes were generally seen lifting north into the Florida Straits.
The most significant one was a broad but rather thin plume that appeared
to originate from fire activity southeast of Varadero, Cuba.  The plume
extended nearly 100 miles north into the Straits of Florida with the
leading edge about 50 miles south of Marathon on the Florida Keys.



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.