Saturday, April 29, 2006

THROUGH 0045Z APRIL 30, 2006.

Numerous small thin smoke plumes over east central Saskatchewan are
moving northeast. Several fires in southern Saskatchewan near Regina
and Moose Jaw were producing small smoke plumes that were moving west.

A large and intense fire in northern Coahuila state in the Serranias del
Burro is producing a moderately dense to dense smoke plume that extends
east into the western portion of Uvalde county in west Texas. The plume
also extended over Del Rio. The plume extended about 200 km from the

Numerous fires over the mountains of southern Chihuahua and northwest
Durango were producing smoke plumes that have congealed into a large mass
of moderately dense to locally dense smoke over the entire region. The
smoke area was drifting to the east northeast into north central Mexico.

A very large number of fires over the Yucatan and the rest of southeast
Mexico and northern Guatemala are producing large areas of smoke that
are mainly being drawn northward over the central and western Gulf of
Mexico. At sunset the thickest smoke, which was dense to very dense,
was over the northern Yucatan and extended 200 km north into the central
Gulf. A larger area of smoke, although not quite as dense, was over the
southwest Gulf of Mexico. This area of smoke was being entrained into
a frontal zone over the northwest Gulf off the Louisiana and Texas
coasts. The smoke area became obscured as it merged with the clouds
associated with the frontal zone. The area between these two regions of
smoke, roughly between 90W and 95W, was relatively clear.

Thin smoke from a fire in southwest New Brunswick was drifting southwest
over extreme eastern downeast Maine and just off the coast.



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.