DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1600Z APRIL 28, 2006.
Florida: A fire near the Martin/Palm Beach county border (about 10 miles east of Lake Okeechobee) and a fire over eastern Collier county were combining to produce a large and moderately dense smoke plume that covered most of Palm Beach county and the northern half of Broward county. The plume then extended west over central Collier county where it became tough to discern near coastal sections of Collier county. Utah/Arizona: A fire near the Washington/Kane county border in Utah was producing a moderately dense smoke plume that extended over 100 miles southeast into central Coconino county in Arizona. A large area of blowing dust that appeared to originate from the Great Salt Lake Desert was dropping southward over the western third of Utah and appeared to be entering extreme northwestern Arizona county of Mohave. Pacific Northwest (northern California/Oregon/Washington/Idaho/western Montana): Numerous smoke producing fires were noted throughout the entire region this evening. The most prominent and densest smoke plume was originating from a fire over Marion county in northwest Oregon. The plume associated with this fire was fanning out in a northeasterly and southeasterly direction with the northeasterly portion making best progress and at sunset appeared to be approaching southern Klickitat county in Washington. Concentrated fire activity near the Bitterroot mountain range over northern Idaho and western Montana was also producing moderately sized areas of dense smoke.....especially from Benewah county in Idaho towards Lake county in Montana where it appeared a large amount of smoke was banking up against the western edge of the Rocky Mountain range. Gulf of Mexico/coastal Texas: A large area of remnant smoke was covering the Bay of Campeche and most of the western Gulf of Mexico. Southerly low level winds ahead of the intense Midwestern storm system was generally lifting remnant smoke activity northwards towards coastal Texas. Hanna