DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1700Z MAY 6, 2006.
Gulf of Mexico: The tremendous number of fires burning across Mexico (especially the Yucatan Peninsula) and Central America continues to produce a very large mass of smoke which covers much of the region from the Bay of Campeche northward to the western and central Gulf of Mexico. Some of the smoke may have spread northward into or very close to southern and southeastern Texas as well as extreme southern Louisiana. However, the thickest area of smoke is mainly south of 26N. Cuba/Florida: A large fire over western Cuba were responsible for a narrow smoke plume that extended to the northwest toward the central Gulf of Mexico. The plume extended about 200 km from the source. An area of thin remnant smoke from fires in Cuba was also drifting north over the western Florida Keys and toward the Fort Myers area. Mexico: A large fire near or in the Sierra Del Carmen range in northern Mexico was emitting a moderately dense smoke plume about 60 km to the southeast. The plume is all in Mexico. JB/MR