Friday, April 28, 2006

THROUGH 1600Z APRIL 28, 2006.

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.

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
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.



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.