DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1600Z APRIL 28, 2006.
Mexico/Gulf of Mexico: A thin to moderately dense smoke cloud covers the Bay of Campeche and the southwest quarter of the Gulf of Mexico. This is due to ongoing numerous fires over the Yucatan Peninsula and southern Mexico from the past several days. The thickest portion of the smoke seems to be coming off the Yucatan Peninsula from near 21N 90W and extends north into the Gulf of Mexico to near 25N 90W. Southwest Mexico/East Pacific: A thin cloud of smoke is in the east Pacific extending about 550 KM off the coast of southwest Mexico from near 17N 100W to 16N 105W. Florida: A fire located in Dixie county, near Cross City, is producing a narrow plume of moderately dense to locally dense smoke extending nearly 50 KM and is moving southwest out into the Gulf of Mexico. Southern Ontario: There is a leftover area of thin smoke from numerous fires in southwest Ontario and southeast Manatoba that extends from the southern portion of James Bay down to the northern shore of Lake Huron and is drifting in an eastward direction. Northern Montana/Saskatchewan: An indeterminate area of thin density aerosol is seen over western Saskatchewan and northcentral Montana. This area stretches a distance of 700 KM from westcentral Saskatchewan into northcentral Montana with a width of about 80 KM and drifting in an eastward direction. It is not clear what the source of the aersol is, however it is possible that it is a remnant of massive Asian dust storms. Banks/Ruminski