Friday, April 21, 2006

THROUGH 2345Z APRIL 21, 2006.

Gulf of Mexico:
A large area of thin smoke and haze can be seen over the eastern
Gulf of Mexico extending N from multiple agricultural burns across
Cuba (especially western and southern Cuba) over the last few days.
The plume is on average is 90km wide on either side of a line from
27.5N87W to 25.5N86.7W to 24N84W to the Cuban coastline near Havana,
Cuba to Matanzas, Cuba. This area is mostly moving NW, except at the
northern 100km of the line where influence from an approaching front has
lead to more northerly movement with some northeasterly movement at the
extereme northern extent of the smoke area.

A very large area of thin to moderately dense smoke and haze can be seen
covering nearly all of the Western Gulf of Mexico and all of the Bay of
Campeche. This is mostly from persistent multiple agricultural fires
across most of SE Mexico in the states of Yucatan, Tabasco, Campeche,
N Chiapas and Quintana Roo as well as the Northern extent of Guatemala.
The moderately dense smoke is concentrated over all of the Bay of Campeche
south of 22N and west of 92W. A small pocket of thinner smoke/haze with
some clear patches is located over extreme SW Bay of Campeche near 19N95W
or coastal waters between Punta Anton Lizardo and Punta San Juan.
This smoke extends further N covering all of the states of Veracruz and
Tamaulipas as well as S Texas a far N as 26N or Corpus Christi, TX.
The thin area is "blocked" by an approaching front which is sagging
south slowly.  The thin smoke then extends to the east, south of the
front to about 92W, which is the eastern boundary for the smoke until
the aforementioned moderate area of smoke begins.

A very small pocket of smoke that was visible early this morning has
mixed well with thunderstorms that have developed across northern FL.
The smoke was aloft and moving east and covered the following counties:
Levy, Citrus, Alachua, Marion and Putnam.

A fire near Loup City in Sherman county is producing moderate smoke that
extends 22km to the east into Howard county with an average width of 9km.
A puff of thin smoke from a fire near Edgar in Clay and Sedan in Nuckolls
county has moved to the east.  The puff is about 18km long by 8km wide
and is currently near Shickley in Fillmore county.
A puff of thin smoke from a fire near Carelton in Thayer county and
Carlisle in Fillmore county has moved to the east. The puff is about
25km long and 12km wide and is currently near Daykin in Jefferson county.

Thin smoke from numerous agricultural fire across NE KS is currently
moving E and covers the following counties: Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee,
Geary, Jackson, Shawnee, Osage, Franklin, Douglas, Jefferson, Leavenworth,
and Miami counties.

A fire near Wann in N Nowata county is producing moderate smoke that is
expanding in fan from E to SE...which has nearly covered the county of
Nowata (except the far SW portions).



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.