Tuesday, May 17, 2006

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.



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.