DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0145Z APRIL 15, 2006.
Great Lakes Region: An area of moderately dense smoke of unknown origin has been dropping generally east/southeastward throughout the day and at sunset was seen stretching from areas of eastern Wisconsin through most of Michigan. Central Plains/Middle Mississippi Valley Remnant smoke from yesterdays fire activity across the region has combined with presumed smoke from the extreme fire activity over eastern Kansas this evening to produce an extensive smoke plume over the region. Cloud cover over Kansas precludes individual smoke plume analysis but it appears as though the smoke originates from this region and extends through most of the northern half of Missouri and most of Illinois before curving northeastward ahead of frontal boundary where the smoke appeared to combine with Great Lakes smoke plume mentioned above. Louisiana/Texas: Local fire activity over Louisiana and Texas was producing isolated smoke plumes that were drifting northeastward this evening. The most prominent plume appeared to be with the fire over northwest Montgomery county in Texas where the plume extended generally north and northeastward nearly 100 miles to western Rusk county. Hanna