Monday, October 30, 2006

THROUGH 1630Z October 30, 2006

Southern California/Arizona:
With to the favorable low sun angle the first couple of GOES-West Visible
images of the day appeared to show a possible area of very thin leftover
smoke moving southeastward across far southern California and much of
Arizona as well as the northern Gulf of California and northwestern
Mexico. This area of possible smoke was likely due primarily to the
Esperanza Fire in southern California and likely originated a couple of
days ago when the fire was emitting a tremendous amount of smoke. The
smoke moved offshore mainly in a westward direction and was probably not
easily detected yesterday due to the presence of other cloudiness off the
coast of California. It is believed that the leftover smoke then began to
move back to the east and southeast yesterday, eventually spreading back
inland over California and now points farther to the east and southeast.

A narrow developing smoke plume was detected from a fire in western
Curry County of far southwestern Oregon moving to the southwest and off
the coast.



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.