Thursday, May 11, 2006

THROUGH 0145Z MAY 12, 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. The smoke area is moderately dense to dense along its extent
from the southwest Gulf (the Bay of Campeche north to a position just
south of Brownsville Texas) east-northeastward across the central Gulf
and across central Florida. The smoke is most concentrated between Tampa
and Fort Myers. Additionally, large fires centered around the Hendry-Palm
Beach-Broward County border region are emitting moderately to locally
dense smoke which is moving to the NE or ENE near West Palm Beach and
then off the coast into the Atlantic.

Numerous fires were seen over Texas and Oklahoma this afternoon/evening. A
few produced smoke plumes that were thin to moderately dense and were
moving to the south and southeast. The fires producing the smoke were
in Carter county Oklahoma, San Saba, Blanco,  Houston and Tyler counties
in Texas. The most dense and longest plume was from the fire in Houston

North Dakota/South Central Canada:
A very large number of fires was seen across this region and numerous
smoke plumes were observed. The plumes were mainly thin and fairly short.

A fire in south central Custer county Idaho had a long and narrow smoke
plume that was moderately dense extending to the east and nearly reaching
to Fremont county.

Fires in northern Harney, western Deschutes, southeast Klamath and near
the Crook/Wheeler/Grant confluence were producing thin to moderately
dense smoke plumes that were mainly drifting to the east.



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.