Thursday, May 4, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z MAY 5, 2006.

Gulf of Mexico:
A tremendous area of smoke from the numerous fires burning across Mexico
and Central America has once again spread northward across a good portion
of the western and central Gulf of Mexico. Some of the smoke has moved
very close to far southern Texas as well as southern Louisiana. Most of
the smoke appears to be relatively thin although patches of moderately
dense smoke are embedded within the entire area. The smoke becomes locally
dense in the southern Bay of Campeche and also off over and offshore of
the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Fires burning in southeastern Polk County as well as along the border
of Orange and Brevard Counties of central and east central Florida were
responsible for moderately dense smoke plumes (locally dense closer to
the source) which fanned out as they spread eastward across the east
coast and offshore. Smoke from a brush fire over south central Dade
County moved southwestward then westward off the southern tip of Florida.

Thin to moderately dense smoke spread eastward across the Richmond metro
area this afternoon and evening from a fire burning in Amelia County.

New Mexico:
A very large wildfire located in south central Socorro County of west
central New Mexico was producing a very large mass of rather dense smoke
which spread quickly eastward reaching the northwestern Texas Panhandle
around Amarillo by sunset.

Scattered fires across northern California, Oregon, eastern Washington,
northern Idaho, and western and central Montana were producing generally
thin to moderately dense smoke plumes. Many of these fires were believed
to be agricultural burns or prescribed/control burns.



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.