Saturday, May 20, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z May 21, 2006.

Bay of Campeche/Gulf of Mexico:
Area of haze/smoke likely originating from fires across southeastern
Mexico including the Yucatan Peninsula and portions of Central America
blanketed the Bay of Campeche and had moved slowly northward into the
west central Gulf of Mexico by sunset.

Southern Canada/Northern Plains:
Only a few smoke producing fires were visible today from what are
believed to be mainly agricultural fires across the Dakotas, Minnesota,
and south central Canada. Clouds over a portion of the region were likely
preventing additional smoke detection.

Georgia/South Carolina:
A couple of fires over eastern Georgia were emitting moderately dense
smoke plumes which spread quickly eastward fanning out as they moved
offshore and out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Lower Mississippi Valley/Gulf Coast states:
Scattered fires were noted across the region extending from eastern
Oklahoma and eastern Texas to the Florida Panhandle with smoke plumes
noted from nearly a dozen of them. The fire in the Florida Panhandle
county of Liberty was producing a narrow but locally moderately dense
smoke plume which moved northeastward and across Tallahassee. A
similar smoke plume was observed moving northeastward from a fire
northeast of Lake Pontchartrain along the border of St. Tammany Parish
Louisiana-Hancock County Mississippi.

Northeastern Mexico:
Fires located in the mountainous terrain of Mexico south of the big
bend region of southwestern Texas were emitting rather large areas of
moderately dense to locally dense smoke which were fanning out in several
directions. At this time the smoke has not made any significant progress
toward southwestern Texas.



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.