Monday, December 11, 2006

THROUGH 2215Z December 11, 2006

A large number of fires were observed on satellite imagery this evening
over the entire Southeast from Kentucky/West Virginia/Virginia south
and southwest towards Louisiana.  Numerous fires in this large area
were exhibiting mostly thin smoke plumes that were drifting generally
north and northeast over most of the area with the one exception being
Virginia and most of North Carolina where smoke plumes were drifting south
and southwest.  Most of the smoke plumes were thin with local areas of
moderate density.  The one exception was a smoke plume that was associated
with an earlier fire that erupted over the western suburbs of Tallahassee.
The plume briefly became dense while drifting northwest into portions
of Gadsden county while becoming much less distinguishable towards sunset.

Southern California:
A fire has recently developed along the south shore of the Salton Sea. A
moderately dense smoke plume was seen drifting southwest towards southeast
Imperial county.

New Mexico/Texas/Oklahoma:
Two areas of blowing dust appear to be originating from portions of
western Texas and eastern New Mexico and are lifting rapidly northeast
and at sunset were approaching the Red River.



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.