Tuesday, April 11, 2006

THROUGH 0200Z APRIL 12, 2006.

Several rather large fires broke out across the northern Texas panhandle
counties of Lipscomb, Hemphill, and Wheeler this afternoon. Moderately
dense to locally dense smoke plumes fanned by strong westerly and
southwesterly winds spread across western and northern Oklahoma
into southern Kansas. More fires were detected across central and
eastern Oklahoma and eastern Kansas but widespread cloudiness across
the region prevented significant smoke detection. A very thin area
possibly consisting of blowing dust was observed moving to the southeast
across western Kansas and into central and southwestern Kansas. Strong
northwesterly winds across western Kansas behind a cold front may have
lifted this small patch of possible blowing dust.

Several long narrow moderately dense smoke plumes were detected moving
northward from fires across eastern Cameron, Rapides, and Grant Parishes
of southwestern and central Louisiana and Hancock County of far southern

Another long narrow moderately dense smoke plume was moving to the north
from a fire over Perry County of west central Alabama.

A very long smoke plume extended nearly 150 miles westward out over the
Gulf of Mexico from a fire in Dixie County of northern Florida.

Georgia and the Carolinas:
Numerous fires were analyzed scattered across the region with smoke plumes
noted with several of them. The most significant smoke was observed from
fires in Liberty County of eastern Georgia and Berkeley County in eastern
South Carolina. The area of smoke emitted from the Liberty County GA fire
was not detected until late in the afternoon due to cloudiness present
over eastern Georgia. Once the clouds cleared the significant patch
of smoke was observed moving westward all the way into south central
GA. The Berkeley County SC smoke plume was initially moving westward
then later in the afternoon moved more in a southwesterly or southerly
direction right across the Charleston metro area. The smoke appeared to
be at least moderately dense to even locally dense.

Several fires across Caroline County of eastern Virginia were producing
light to moderately dense smoke which moved northward into Charles County
of southern Maryland and in the general direction of the southern suburbs
of Washington D.C.


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.