Thursday August 3, 2006

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.