DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1530Z APRIL 26, 2006.
Michigan/Wisconsin/Minnesota/North Dakota/Canada-Manitoba Province: Early morning GOES-West visible imagery shows an elongated narrow axis of thin haze which extends from Manitoba Province of south central Canada southeastward across northeastern North Dakota, northern and central Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and both the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well as the northern portion of lower Michigan. Surface analysis shows convergent flow across this region which seems to be helping to concentrate pollutants. Yesterday's fire analysis showed a large number of fires, which were believed to be primarily agricultural burns, present over the region. Based on this it is possible that some of the haze present on visible satellite imagery may contain some very thin remnant smoke from the numerous fires yesterday. Mexico/Central America/Gulf of Mexico: An area of haze observed on visible imagery extending from southeastern Mexico/Central America northward over the Bay of Campeche and into the west central Gulf of Mexico likely contains residual smoke from the large number of fires burning across Mexico and Central America. The possible area of smoke is relatively thin in appearance but becomes a bit thicker in the Bay of Campeche closer to the fires. JS