DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0230Z May 20, 2006.
Southeastern US: Scattered fires were detected throughout Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and the Carolina's with only a few of the fires producing visible smoke. Lower Mississippi Valley/Texas: A fire in Natchitoches county, of west central Louisiana is producing a moderately dense to dense smoke plume that spread northeast into far northeastern Louisiana by sunset. A fire in Blacno county of central Texas is producing a moderately dense smoke plume that fans out over several nearby counties. There are many other fires scattered throughout the Lower Mississippi Valley/Texas that are producing mainly light plumes of smoke. Northern Plains/South Central Canada: Several smoke producing fires were noted across North Dakota/Minnesota, but widespread cloudiness present over the region may have prevented the detection of additional smoke. Southwestern US: A couple of fires in southern Utah have been burning for quite some time but only appear to be producing a rather localized area of smoke which was moving to the northeast. Fires in Mohave County of western Arizona and also along the Navajo-Coconino County border region were not visible until late this afternoon were producing moderately dense smoke plumes which were moving generally in a northeastward direction. Banks/Simko