DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0045Z APRIL 30, 2006.
Saskatchewan: 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. Mexico: 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 source. 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. Maine: Thin smoke from a fire in southwest New Brunswick was drifting southwest over extreme eastern downeast Maine and just off the coast. Ruminski