Saturday October 14, 2006

THROUGH 2345Z October 14, 2006

Southeast US:
A broad area of thin density smoke was seen across the Tennessee
Valley this morning stretching across much of southern Tennessee,
northern Alabama, northwest Georgia, northern Mississippi and far
western North and South Carolina. The source of the smoke is likely the
numerous agricultural fires from yesterday afternoon and evening in the
Mississippi valley.

A few narrow plumes of thin to moderately dense smoke were seen scattered
across the region. Two were seen over northeast North Carolina moving
off the coast, one was over southeast Georgia also moving off the coast
and a couple were over southern Alabama with the plumes extending south
toward the Gulf coast.

Arkansas and southeast Missouri:
A large number of agricultural/prescribe fires were seen extending from
the Missouri Bootheel southward into eastern Arkansas. Numerous small
plumes of mainly thin smoke were seen associated with some of the fires
and they were moving mainly to the south and southeast.

North Dakota, Minnesota, southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba:
A tremendous number of agricultural/prescribe fires were seen across
the region this afternoon and evening. However, only a few small plumes
of thin smoke were seen. Cloud cover was increasing and this hindered
detection of the small plumes.

A blaze in Meagher county in western Montana had a narrow plume of thin
smoke extending to the east. Several long burning fires in central Idaho
were producing area of thin to locally moderately dense smoke that was
mainly moving to the east. A fire in southeast Clark county was producing
a moderately dense plume of smoke that extended to the northeast reaching
the Montana border.

The ongoing fires in Trinity and Siskiyou counties in northern California
continued to produce moderately dense smoke. The smoke had been swirling
in the area in the morning but as the afternoon progressed clouds from
an approaching weather system increased and obscured the smoke. It
is expected the the smoke will be drawn more to the north toward the
Oregon border.

Several fires in the Sacramento Valley in Sutter and Colusa counties
produced puffs of moderately dense smoke that quickly lifted to the north.

A fire this morning on the west central coast of Maui produced a light
smoke plume that extended to the west and south and curled over Kahoolawe.



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.