DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE
IMAGERY THROUGH 0200Z, May 28, 2018.
SMOKE: New Mexico/Southern Colorado... A long narrow stripe of moderately dense to thick smoke from the ongoing wildfire in the Gila Forest of west central New Mexico extended to the northeast nearly reaching the border of New Mexico and Colorado just prior to sunset. A larger surrounding area of thin density smoke covered much of western, central, and north central New Mexico and did extend into southern Colorado. Western Colorado/Eastern Utah... A wildfire in south central San Miguel County of southwestern Colorado produced a smoke plume of moderate to thick density which fanned out as it spread to the north-northwest. The thinner density lead portion of the smoke spread over into far eastern Utah with the smoke nearing the border of Utah-Colorado-Wyoming by sunset. Western and South Central Canada/North Central US... An area of moderate to thick density smoke emanating from a few wildfires scattered across the region from northeastern British Columbia to north central and northeastern Alberta was visible stretching from northeastern British Columbia to eastern Saskatchewan. Thinner density smoke from these fires extended farther to the east and southeast covering a good portion of Manitoba, western Ontario, North Dakota, and northwestern Minnesota. Southeastern Canada/Maine... A batch of leftover thin density smoke attributed to recent wildfire activity over portions of Central and Western Canada was seen spreading to the southeast across Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, the northern half of Maine, and offshore over the Atlantic. Mexico... Ongoing seasonal burning in portions of Mexico was responsible for a large coverage of thin density smoke affecting much of Mexico and offshore to the south over the Pacific. Moderately dense to locally thick smoke covered parts of western and southwestern Mexico. JS THIS TEXT PRODUCT IS PRIMARILY INTENDED TO DESCRIBE SIGNIFICANT AREAS OF SMOKE ASSOCIATED WITH ACTIVE FIRES AND SMOKE WHICH HAS BECOME DETACHED FROM THE FIRES AND DRIFTED SOME DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE SOURCE FIRE. TYPICALLY OVER THE COURSE OF ONE OR MORE DAYS. AREAS OF BLOWING DUST ARE ALSO DESCRIBED. USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO VIEW A GRAPHIC DEPICTION OF THESE AND OTHER PLUMES WHICH ARE LESS EXTENSIVE AND STILL ATTACHED TO THE SOURCE FIRE IN VARIOUS GRAPHIC FORMATS ON OUR WEB SITE: JPEG: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/land/hms.html GIS: http://www.firedetect.noaa.gov/viewer.htm KML: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/FIRE/kml.html ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE SENT TO SSDFireTeam@noaa.gov