Monday, December 4, 2006

THROUGH 0300Z December 5, 2006

Southern and Southeastern US:
An incredible number of fires were detected today across the region
stretching from Oklahoma and Texas across the Gulf coast states to
Georgia. Quite a few smoke plumes were also noted scattered across the
area. Most of these smoke plumes were long and narrow and relatively
thin as brisk northerly winds pushed the smoke plumes quickly to the
south. Somewhat more significant moderately dense smoke plumes were
observed with a few of the fires over southeastern Texas, Louisana,
and southern Arkansas.

Moderately dense smoke was seen moving west from a fire along the
Yavapai-Coconino County border of central Arizona. Other somewhat smaller
smoke plumes moving westward were observed with fires in northern Coconino
County of northern Arizona as well as southern Apache and southern Navajo
Counties of east central Arizona.

The most significant smoke producing fire during the day was over far
northwestern Baja, just south of San Diego County. Locally dense smoke was
visible in the vicinity of this fire moving in a westerly direction off
the west coast of Baja. A large mass of thin smoke with embedded patches
of moderately dense smoke was visible off the coast of Baja and southern
California. This was a combination of smoke from the northern Baja fire
as well as from fires farther to the north in southern California around
Ventura and southwestern San Bernardino Counties. The fires in Ventura
and San Bernardino Counties only appeared to be emitting relatively thin
patches of smoke which spread to the west.



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.