DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0300Z July 31, 2006.
Very large area stretching from California/Nevada/Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes region, also including a large swath of southern Canada: A number of very intense wildfires burning across the western and central US were emitting very large smoke plumes which had combined to form an extremely large area of smoke that covered a large region of the northwestern and north central US and southern Canada. The fires responsible for producing the densest smoke were located in northwestern Nebraska, northwestern Wyoming, the western third of Montana, central Idaho, north central Washington, north central Nevada, west central Oregon, and northern California. Most of the smoke was moving in an easterly or northeasterly direction. Alaska/Northwestern Canada: Some of the smoke from massive fires burning across eastern Russia has been transported eastward across the Bering Sea and over Bristol Bay, Kodiak Island, and into the Gulf of Alaska. Cloudiness over this region though is making smoke detection difficult. Morning visible imagery showed an area of possible smoke which was moving northwestward across the Northwest Territories of Canada and grazing the north slope of Alaska as it spread into the Beaufort Sea. The source region for this smoke could not be definitely determined, but it is most likely detached smoke from the cluster of fires burning around Great Slave Lake as well as from a few around Great Bear Lake. Eastern Gulf of Mexico/Florida/Western Atlantic Ocean: A very large area of haze which consists of what is believed to be primarily Saharan dust was observed across the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and the Western Atlantic Ocean. This mass of Saharan dust has been tracked for several days as it moved westward across the Atlantic Ocean. Southeast/Middle Atlantic/Ohio and Tennessee Valley/Northeast: Patches of haze were detected across the eastern third of the country which potentially could contain some smoke from the western fires. Animation of visible satellite imagery indicates the smoke definitely has made it as far as the Great Lakes region and could have mixed in with some of the existing pollutants farther to the south and east. JS