Monday, April 17, 2006

THROUGH 0102Z APRIL 18, 2006.

Central Plains (Kansas/Oklahoma/Nebraska/Missouri):
A large amount of fire activity over eastern Kansas and to a lesser extent
over Oklahoma/Nebraska/Missouri was producing a rather large smoke plume
this evening that covered most of eastern Kansas.  The smoke plume was
moving on a west/northwest heading and was seen approaching south central
Nebraska towards sunset.  The densest portion of the plume appeared to
be associated with the concentrated fire activity over Osage and Lyon
counties in eastern Kansas.  Fire activity over Osage and Pawnee counties
in northern Oklahoma was producing another dense smoke plume that was
lifting north towards sunset and was joining the composite smoke plume
over southeast Kansas.

Scattered fire activity over the region was producing isolated smoke
plumes with most lifting northeast.  At sunset it appeared as though the
best smoke plume was associated with a fire over Sabine county in eastern
Texas with the plume extending through northwest Louisiana towards Red
River and Natchitoches parishes.

A fire just across the Rio Grande river of Webb county was producing a
moderately dense smoke plume that was seen lifting northwest along the
Rio Grande towards Maverick/Dimmit counties.

Arizona/New Mexico/Colorado:
Vigorous storm system over the central and northern Rockies was helping to
kick up significant amounts of dust this evening over the Painted Desert
in Arizona and over the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado.  At sunset the
leading edge of the dust from the Painted Desert was as far northeast
as central Colorado and north central New Mexico while the dust from
the Great Sand Dunes was as far east as axis between Akron and Limon,



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.