Thursday, May 11, 2006

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.



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.