Saturday, April 08, 2006

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.



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.