Friday, May 26, 2006

THROUGH 0245Z May 27, 2006.

Lower Mississippi Valley:
A fire in George county in southern Mississippi is producing a moderately
dense plume of smoke that was originally moving to the northeast, but
winds shifted and the smoke is now starting to shift southeast.  A group
of several fires along the eastern coast of Arkansas are producing light
plumes of smoke heading in a northeasterly direction.

Southwest US:
The large wildfire in Hidalgo county of southwestern New Mexico is still
burning today, producing a very dense plume of smoke that is heading
northeast.  A fire in Pima county of southcentral Arizona is producing
a small narrow plume of smoke that is heading north and possibly moving
near or across the Tucson metro area. In addition to the smoke from
these fires, some blowing dust was apparently visible in satellite
imagery coming from source regions just south of the New Mexico-Old
Mexico border and spreading eastward toward western Texas. One of the
areas of blowing dust could be moving across the vicinity of  El Paso,
Texas during the late evening and overnight hours.

Several fires flared up late today in California, some producing
relatively light plumes of smoke.  A fire in Imperial county of southern
California is producing a light plume of smoke that is moving northeast.
Another fire in Kern county started producing a small plume of smoke
late in the day that is heading southeast.  A fire further up the coast
in Stanislaus county is producing a slightly denser smoke plume that is
moving eastward.



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.