Tuesday, May 9, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z MAY 10, 2006.

Gulf of Mexico/Southern US:
Visible imagery through this evening showed an extremely large mass of
haze and smoke covering eastern Mexico, portions of Central America,
and nearly the entire Gulf of Mexico.  The smoke/haze then extended
northward across the eastern half of Texas, Louisiana, a portion of
Mississippi, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.  The large blob of smoke/haze also
affected southern Alabama, the western Florida panhandle, and even as
far southeast as the southern tip of Florida and the Florida Keys. The
source region for much of this smoke continued to be the widespread
numerous fires burning across Mexico and Central America. Very dense
batches of smoke were observed from fires burning across the Yucatan
Peninsula. A patch of moderately dense smoke from these fires over the
Yucatan appears to have been transported northward overnight and during
the day and is now moving into southern and southeastern Louisiana. Fires
over the western portion of Cuba were also contributing to the smoke/haze
which extended northward across the Florida Keys and the eastern Gulf
of Mexico toward the Florida Panhandle.

Major fires continue to burn over southwestern Palm Beach County and
western Broward County of southern Florida resulting in a large area of
locally dense smoke which moved generally in an eastward and southeastward
direction during the day across the east coast of Florida and well
offshore toward the Bahamas. The smoke affected significantly populated
areas along the east coast including Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Some
smoke in a narrow band was still present moving eastward across the east
coast and out over the Atlantic from fires in eastern Orange and Brevard
Counties along the east central portion of Florida.

New Mexico/Western Texas:
Gusty winds from the WSW were responsible for lifting areas of blowing
dust from the Great Sand Dunes in south central New Mexico as well as
source regions in Mexico just south and west of El Paso, TX. The clouds
of blowing dust had spread across southeastern New Mexico as well as
the western Texas Panhandle by sunset.

A relatively thin smoke plume from a fire in northeastern Box Elder
County, north of the Great Salt Lake, was moving in a SSE direction
toward the far northern suburbs of Salt Lake City.

A pair of fires in the Kaibab National Forest near the Grand Canyon
National Park were emitting locally dense smoke plumes which moved
eastward across northern Arizona.

Widely scattered fires with moderately dense smoke plumes were observed
this afternoon and evening across the region. See the web page graphics
for details.



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.