Tuesday, December 12, 2006

THROUGH 2300Z December 12, 2006

Widespread fire activity was noted over most of the Southeast this
afternoon and evening but due to widespread cloud cover from an
approaching weather system along with an outage in satellite imagery this
afternoon has negated most smoke analysis throughout the entire region.

Coastal Texas and Louisiana:
Several smoke producing fires were noted along the Gulf Coasts of Texas
and Louisiana this evening.  The most prominent smoke plume was associated
with a fire near Sabine Pass along the Texas and Louisiana border.
At sunset the moderately dense smoke plume was extending about 40 miles
southeast into the open Gulf of Mexico.  Further to the southwest several
smoke producing fires were analyzed over Refugio county.  The smoke
plumes associated with these fires were also drifting southeast into
the Gulf of Mexico.  The most notable of these fires was located near
Old Saint Marys and had a moderately dense smoke plume that extended
southeast over 75 miles.

Southwest Kansas:
Several fires were noted over eastern Haskell county and southwest
Gray county.  Each of these fires exhibited thin smoke plumes that were
drifing east at sunset.



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.