DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1700Z August 3, 2006.
Washington/Montana/southwest Canada: The Tripod Complex in the Okanogan National Forest northeast of Twisp, WA and fires in Glacier National Park in Glacier county and in the Bitterroot National Forest in northwest Rivalli county in Montana continue to burn and produce smoke. The smoke is mainly thin and extends across northern portions of Washington, Idaho and Montana and southern British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Additionally, a broad area of what is believed to be smoke is seen coming in from the Pacific and crossing Vancouver Island, most of Washington and southern British Columbia. While the source is not certain it is believed to be emanating from the massive fires in central Russia. California/Oregon: Numerous fires in northwest California in Siskiyou, Mendocino and Glenn counties continue to produce a large area of smoke across the region. The smoke is most dense this morning in the valleys around the fires but moderately dense smoke covers much of the surrounding area extending into southwest Oregon. A swath of thinner smoke extends to the south off the coast to the west of the San Francisco Bay area. Oklahoma: A fire in northern Atoka county near the Pittsburg county border was producing a moderately dense plume of smoke that was lifting north. The smoke merged with an area of cloudiness in northeast Oklahoma and southwest Missouri making the extend of the smoke into that area difficult to discern. Florida and the northern Gulf of Mexico: A broad area of Saharan dust still lingers across northern Florida and the northern Gulf of Mexico reaching all the way to the upper Texas coast near Galveston. Mid Atlantic coast: A large area of aerosol is seen emerging from the mid Atlantic coast from Delaware and Maryland south to South Carolina and extending out into the Atlantic Ocean. It is felt that this area is a mix of haze and some residual smoke, but that the predominant constituent is haze. Manitoba: A fire in east central Manitoba east of Lake Winnipeg is producing a moderately dense to locally dense plume that extends to the southeast to near the western Ontario border. Northwest Territory Canada: Several fires around Great Bear Lake are producing moderately dense smoke plumes that are mainly drifting to the north northwest toward the Arctic Ocean. Ruminski