DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1545Z MAY 11, 2006.
Gulf of Mexico/Florida: Smoke from the large number of fires burning across eastern Mexico (especially the Yucatan) as well as Central America and western Cuba has been pushed a bit farther to the south over the central and western Gulf of Mexico as a cold front has moved southward into the Gulf of Mexico. Visible imagery this morning though does show the area of smoke and haze now appears to be more concentrated ahead of the front in a swath stretching from the Bay of Campeche across the central to the northeastern Gulf of Mexico with the likelihood of some smoke being transported across the central and southern portion of the Florida Peninsula. In addition to this, large fires centered around the Hendry-Palm Beach-Broward County border region are emitting moderately to locally dense smoke which is moving off to the NE or ENE in the general direction of West Palm Beach. JS