DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0015Z June 17, 2006.
United States: SE Missouri/S Illinois: Numerous agricultural fires in the lowlands of the Mississippi River Basin in SE MO have produced moderately dense smoke (though thinner than yesterday) that is moving NNW to N and is covering most of SE MO and S IL west of 89W. New Mexico/Arizona: Moderately dense smoke from Beaverhead fire in Arizona and the Wilson, Martinez II, Brushy, Skates and Cement fires in NM is covering much of the Gila Nat'l Forest of the Mongollon Mts in S/SW/W Catron county and N Grant county North of US180. With slower winds from the exit of the main cyclone (now over OK panhandle) the fires have calmed down with lower level smoke that has mainly been filling the valleys and just over ridgelines. Canada: Nova Scotia/Atlantic Maritime: A thin area of smoke from fires near Lake Athabasca from earlier this week has drifted across NS into the Atlantic under the influence of the passing cyclone that once was TS Alberto. The smoke is currently caught in slower winds to the SE of NS N of 41N and east of 60W. A thin wisp of smoke is moving south on the western edge of the smoke area...off shore of Cape Cod...otherwise the main area is moving due East. Quebec: Most of the northern woodlands of Quebec have smoke from more than 10 major fires that have burned a tremendous amount of acreage today. Most of the fires are between 49N and 55N and from James Bay to 74W and are currently covered by high level clouds that have been developing ahead of a southward moving cold front and in advance of a weak shortwave across N Ontario. The smoke from the fire has also begun to be covered by the clouds...though some can be seen bracketed by N53W75 - N50W72.7 - N51.4W65.3 - N54.2W66.6 and is very dense from the very active burning. Northern Territories: An area of thin smoke from fires in Alaska is moving SE from Great Bear Lake to the NE tip of Great Slave Lake to Hudson Bay near 60N and is about 175km wide (N to S)...and is relatively high in the atmosphere being transported by stronger arctic jet winds. Gallina