DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0245Z May 18, 2006.
Canada/Great Lakes region: A large wildfire continues to burn about 85 miles southeast of Baie de Rupert in James Bay. Earlier in the day widespread smoke was observed extending from the James Bay area southwest to the Great Lakes region. Cloud cover has increased over the region throughout the day obscuring any further smoke analysis. Southeastern States: Scattered fire activity from coastal South Carolina to southeast Texas was producing isolated smokes plumes that were generally drifting towards the southeast. The most noteworthy smoke plume appeared to origniate from a fire over the southwest portion of Liberty county in the Florida Panhandle. The moderately dense smoke plume extended over 150 miles east/southeast towards the Gainsville/Ocala area. Another significant smoke plume was originating from fire activity over eastern Grant parish in central Louisiana. The plume was mostly thin with a few localized moderately dense areas and extended from it's point source to west of the Baton Rouge area as far south as St. Martin. Hanna