Sunday, May 21, 2006

THROUGH 0215Z May 22, 2006.

Bay of Campeche/Gulf of Mexico:
Numerous fires across southeastern Mexico and up through the Yucatan
Peninsula have produced a large area of smoke/haze over the Bay of
Campeche and the western Gulf of Mexico which has slowly spread northward
and into the coastal areas of southern and southeastern Texas as well
as southern Louisiana.

A fire in Brevard county in east central Florida has been producing
light to moderate smoke all day that has been moving eastward out over
the Atlantic Ocean.

Lower Mississippi Valley/Texas/Oklahoma:
Several fires in far southern Mississippi are all producing smoke that is
merging together and moving northward to form a moderately dense area of
smoke.  Many fires throughout the rest of the region are producing narrow,
light plumes of smoke.  These fires are mainly located in northern Texas,
Southeastern Oklahoma, and southern Louisiana.

North Dakota/Canada:
Several fires are producing light smoke plumes that are moving in a
northward direction. Clouds across the area may be obscuring additional
smoke detection.

New Mexico/Colorado:
A wildfire that has been burning on and off the past few days on the
border of Sandoval and Santa Fe counties in northcentral New Mexico
is producing a moderately dense plume of smoke that is moving north
into southern Colorado.  There are also a few scattered fires that are
producing smoke in northern New Mexico, and northwestern Colorado.

Early evening visible imagery showed a large hazy area across southern
and central portions of Alberta and Saskatchewan Provinces of western
Canada. The source for this haze is unknown although it may be blowing
dust which could have come from the dry plains to the east of the Canadian
Rockies. Farther to the east a swath with a hazy appearance extends
from Hudson Bay southward across Ontario Province toward the northern
fringes of Lake Superior. As with the area over western Canada, the source
region for this haze is unknown. It is not out of the question that it is
leftover smoke from the large fire burning earlier this week southeast
of Hudson Bay over Quebec Province. The smoke may have been entrained
into the circulation of a large low pressure system which moved westward
over Quebec Province and wrapped back around the western side of this low.



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.