Thursday, May 25, 2006

THROUGH 0145Z May 26, 2006.

Southeast US:
Several fires in the Carolina's/Georgia/Alabama are producing
relatively light smoke plumes that are mainly moving in a west to
northwest direction.  Fires along Florida's western coast are also
producing small plumes of smoke with the exception of the fire in
northern Florida in the vicinity of Cross City which was emitting a
moderately dense northeastward moving plume.  A fire in Liberty county,
in the central panhandle of Florida is producing a moderately dense
area of smoke that is being affected by the winds coming off the Gulf
of Mexico causing it to move erratically in several directions across
several of the surrounding counties.

Southwest US:
A large wildfire in Hidalgo County in the southwestern corner of
New Mexico which flared up significantly during the afternoon is now
producing a very dense plume of smoke that is moving to the northeast,
traveling through several counties of New Mexico along the way.  A fire
in Laplata County of southwestern Colorado that has been burning since
at least yesterday is producing a moderately dense plume of smoke that
is heading northeast.  In Washington County of the southwestern corner
of Utah there is a fire producing a moderately dense plume of smoke that
is also pushing towards the northeast.

A fire in or near the Aleutian Range in southwestern Alaska is responsible
for a moderately dense plume of smoke that is moving in a southeasterly
direction out over the Gulf of Alaska.

Great Lakes Region/Central Plains/Middle Mississippi Valley:
Late afternoon/early evening visible imagery shows patches of haze across
the region. In particular, a swath of haze is evident from southern
Minnesota to Missouri, along the western portion of a large low pressure
system. It is unknown though whether this area still contains any bit
of residual smoke from fires from various possible source locations over
the past several days.



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.