Monday, May 8, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z MAY 9, 2006.

Several large fires continue to burn across Florida. The most significant
fires were observed over Volusia, Brevard, Palm Beach, and Broward
Counties. The moderately dense to locally dense smoke from these fires
had combined to form a large mass which spread eastward across the east
coast of Florida and offshore over the Atlantic.

A few significant fires especially over the western portion of Cuba
were emitting locally dense smoke plumes which moved northward across
a portion of the Florida Keys.

Gulf of Mexico/Gulf Coast States:
Visible imagery this evening showed an extremely large areal coverage
of smoke which covered parts of Central America and eastern Mexico and
extended northward over nearly the entire Gulf of Mexico. The huge batch
of smoke also was believed to have transported northward and northeastward
into southern and eastern Texas, the southern half of Louisiana, southern
Mississippi, southern Alabama, and even close to the Florida Panhandle
and the western part of the Florida peninsula. Some haze was also present
just to the northwest of this area across the region from southwestern
Texas to southern Oklahoma which could also possibly contain some remnant
smoke as well.

A fire in the Kaibab National Forest and close to or in the Grand Canyon
National Park of western Coconino County of northern Arizona was emitting
a long rather narrow moderately dense smoke plume which had moved eastward
to near the Arizona-New Mexico border by sunset. A narrow band of thin to
moderately dense smoke spread northeastward across southeastern Arizona
from a fire located just south of the Arizona-Mexican border in the
Sierra de San Antonio range.



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.