Monday, May 1, 2006

THROUGH 0115Z MAY 2, 2006.

A large fire burning in the Serranias del Burro in the N. Sierra Marde
in N. Coahuila state is producing moderately dense to very dense smoke
that extends eastward and then southeast into southern Texas. Near
sunset the plume extended 400 km from the source and had nearly reached
Corpus Christi. The northern extent reached the border with Terrell and
Val Verde.

Numerous fires over the mountains of southern Chihuahua and northwest
Durango states continue to produce smoke plumes that have congealed into
a large mass of moderately dense to locally dense smoke over the entire
region. Before sunset the movement of the smoke mass was generally to
the east northeast and extended into north central Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico:
A broad area of light to locally moderately dense smoke from days of fire
activity over southeast Mexico was seen over much of the western Gulf of
Mexico. It extended from the Bay of Campeche northward to a point about
150 km east of Brownsville Texas. This area was about 300 km wide. A
separate area was seen just south of the Louisiana/Texas border. This
whole mass was drifting north.

Southeast US:
Scattered smoke plumes were seen with fires across the Southeast. The
largest plume was from a blaze in Dixie county Florida near Cross
City. The moderately dense plume moved out over the Gulf during the
afternoon and eventually reached 200 km offshore. A moderately dense
to locally dense plume was observed with a fire in central Lake county
Florida. The plume was moving south and had reached into northern Polk
county by sinset. Other fires with plumes were seen over southeast Georgia
(Bulloch and Bryan counties), South Carolina (McCormick county) and North
Carolina (Scotland and Hoke counties). All of the plumes were drifting to
the south, were thin to moderately dense and were mainly 50-100 km long.

New York/Pennsylvania:
A fire over southeast Centre county Pennsylvania was producing a thin to
moderately dense smoke plume that extended west into central Clearfield
county. A couple of fires in the Catskills over Ulster and Sullivan
counties were producing thin smoke plumes that extended to the west
southwest into extreme northeast Pennsylvania.

A blaze over coastal Curry county in southwest Oregon produced a puff
of smoke that moved out over the Pacific during the late morning and
afternoon. A fire over northeast Harney county produced a moderately
dense plume approximately 125 km long that extended to the east into
Owyhee county Idaho. Smaller plumes were seen over Jackson and eastern
Lane counties and were drifting south.

Several areas of blowing dust were seen over parts of ORegon and
Washington. The largest areas were originating east of the Cascades  over
western Grant and Benton counties in Washington. These dust plumes were
moving eastward quickly and had reached the southeast Washington/Idaho
border by sunset. Additional source areas of blowing dust were over
Humboldt county Nevada and Lake county Oregon. These plumes weren't as
long and were moving to the south.



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.