Thursday, April 06, 2006

THROUGH 0015Z APRIL 07, 2006.

New Mexico/Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas:

Smoke produced from numerous large fires over the area are combining with
a significant episode of blowing dust for a widespread smoke/blowing
dust cover this evening that stretches from extreme eastern New Mexico
and covers nearly the entire northern half of Texas.  The dust/smoke
is then being wrapped northeastward through most of Oklahoma and south
central Kansas ahead of a vigorous upper level low.  Although the most
of the area was at least being affected by some smoke/blowing dust cover,
the densest smoke plumes were associated with the following fires:

Very large fires continue this evening over Potter county, just north of
Amarillo, and over southern Roger Mills county in Oklahoma.  The smoke
from the fire just north of Amarillo was obscured throughout most of
the late afternoon but clearing skies around sunset revealed a rather
dense smoke plume that extended east to Wheeler county.

The fire over southern Roger Mills county has been producing a dense
smoke plume throughout most of the afternoon and evening.  At least a
portion of the plume was seen extending as far northeast to the vicinity
of Salina, Kansas.  It does appear as though smoke plume oriented itself
east/west towards sunset and at that time was seen stretching as far
east as Oklahoma City.


A rather large fire was detected near the Cameron/Vermillion parish
border earlier this afternoon.  At that time a smoke plume was seen
extending north to southern Allen parish but since then clouds have
helped to obscure any further detection of the smoke plume.



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.