Tuesday, March 28, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z MARCH 29, 2006

Moderately dense smoke from a fire in McCreary County of southeastern
Kentucky was moving in a southeasterly direction into northeastern

Fires in Jefferson, Hamilton, and Dixie Counties of northern Florida
were all emitting moderately dense smoke plumes which moved off to the
northeast. The area of leftover smoke seen earlier today off the west
coast of Florida had become less distinct in satellite imagery as the
afternoon progressed.

A large number of fires were detected across the southern portion
of Missouri and northern and western Arkansas. Smoke was observed
moving generally in a southeastward or southward direction from a
number of these fires. Rather large and locally dense smoke plumes
were seen spreading southward from fires located over Johnson County
of northwestern Arkansas as well as near the 4 corner border region
of Franklin-Crawford-Madison-Washington Counties also in northwestern
Arkansas. Other fires producing significant smoke plumes were noted over
the western Arkansas Counties of Scott, Polk, and Yell. Moderately dense
smoke plumes moving in a southeasterly direction were seen with fires
in Ozark, Howell, Shannon, and Oregon Counties of southern Missouri.

Eastern Oklahoma:
Numerous fires across eastern Oklahoma were responsible for many smoke
plumes which had combined to form several significant batches of smoke by
the late afternoon/early evening. The smoke was wrapping in a clockwise
direction around a high pressure circulation center also located over
eastern Oklahoma. Some of the smoke had spread northward toward the
southern and western portions of the Tulsa metro area.

Eastern Kansas/Southeastern Nebraska/Northwestern Missouri:
This region was also covered by numerous fires but cloudiness moving
across the area made smoke detection difficult. As a result only a few
relatively small plumes were actually noted in visible imagery.

Southern Arizona:
A very small patch of what is likely a thin cloud of blowing dust/sand
was observed moving in a northeasterly direction toward south central
Arizona. The source region was likely over northwestern Mexico.



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.