DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1545Z APRIL 08, 2006.
Gulf of Mexico/E Mexico: A large area of thin smoke from fires in Mexico and northern Central America. The highest concentration of smoke lies ahead of the cold front that extends from Southern Tamaulipas, Veracruz state line near Tampico, MX towards the ENE into the central Gulf of Mexico near 26N88W. Continued high concentrations are banked up against the Sierra Madre Oriental south into E state of Puebla and into the eastern sfc eddy/cyclone near 20N96W in central Veracruz. A secondary area of higher concentration extends directly from the active fire region in N Guatemala moving N across the state of Campeche and along the E Bay of Campeche to eventual connection to the frontal smoke near 24N90.5W. As the front continues to slide SSEward and the midlevel flow (where the smoke is located) increases ahead of the front with stronger SWly winds; smoke may reach the western coast of Florida between Tampa Bay and Ft. Myers. Due to the lower concentrations of the smoke, the likelihood of transport all the way to Florida is unlikely at this time, but is within the realm of possibility. Gallina