Thursday, March 30, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z MARCH 31, 2006

Alabama/Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina/Tennessee/Kentucky:
Quite a few smoke producing fires were noted this afternoon across the
hilly terrain of the area extending from northeastern Alabama/northwestern
Georgia across eastern Tennessee/western North Carolina to eastern
Kentucky. Several of the smoke plumes across this region had combined
to form a few large patches of smoke by early in the evening. The
thickest smoke was being emitted by a fire in southern Laurel County of
southeastern Kentucky. This locally very dense smoke plume was spreading
northeastward and covered much of this county as well as several
counties northeast of there. Fires over a few counties of northwestern
Georgia including Chattooga, Floyd, and Bartow as well as Polk County
of southeastern Tennessee had combined to form a rather large batch of
smoke of varying density which was moving generally northward covering
northwestern Georgia and also a portion of southeastern Tennessee. Another
sizable patch of smoke were noted from fires over Union and Laurens
Counties of north central South Carolina. This smoke had moved northward
into southern North Carolina, just to the west of the Charlotte metro
area. Mainly thin smoke was detected moving to the northeast from a fire
near the Chatham-Wake County border of north central North Carolina. The
smoke had moved into the Raleigh-Durham vicinity by early evening. Fires
in Jasper and Putnam Counties of central Georgia as well as Chattahoochee
County of west central Georgia were also responsible for large patches
of thin to moderately dense smoke which spread northward. Finally,
smoke was observed moving both westward and eastward from a fire in
Berkeley County of eastern South Carolina. The eastern portion of this
smoke plume extended more than 100 miles offshore.

Moderately dense smoke was moving to the north and into southern Alabama
from a fire located in Santa Rosa County of the western portion of the
Florida panhandle. A significant fire in Hancock County of far southern
Mississippi resulted in a locally dense smoke plume which moved off to
the north-northwest. The smoke plume crossed into northeast Louisiana
then back into south central Mississippi.

Strong southwesterly and westerly winds around a low pressure system
over the northern Plains fanned a few fires over northwestern Texas,
western Oklahoma and central Kansas, and also caused blowing dust.
A fire very close to Amarillo was producing an area of thin to moderately
dense smoke which moved eastward during the afternoon. Another batch of
thin to moderately dense smoke was observed moving generally eastward
from a fire near the Ellis-Woodward County border of western Oklahoma. A
large and persistent fire over northeastern Reno County of south central
Kansas produced a locally dense smoke plume which was blown off to the
east-northeast. Visible imagery through early evening also showed a swath
of what is likely a combination of smoke and blowing dust across central
and eastern Oklahoma as well as the eastern third of Kansas. Earlier in
the afternoon visible imagery had shown blowing dust originating from
the large areas of Gray, Roberts, and Hutchinson Counties of the northern
Texas panhandle which were burned by fires earlier in the Winter. These
source regions appear to be the primary contributor to the smoke/dust
cloud across OK/KS.



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.