DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE
IMAGERY THROUGH 0230Z, May 29, 2018.
SMOKE: New Mexico/Texas... A wildfire in Catron County in the Gila Forest of west central New Mexico continued to emit moderately dense to thick smoke which spread generally to the east. Thinner density smoke covered a larger area with detached very thin patches spreading over into western and central Texas. Much of the Southern Half of Canada/Northern US... A number of wildfires scattered especially across the region stretching from northeastern British Columbia to northeastern Alberta were emitting moderately dense to thick smoke which moved to the east during the afternoon. These wildfires were also primarily responsible for a much larger region of thin density smoke which covered a sizable part of the southern half of Canada from northeast British Columbia to southern Quebec. The thin density smoke also likely grazed the northern part of Montana and the area from northeastern North Dakota to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Mexico... A significant amount of seasonal fires were detected across portions of Mexico and Central America resulting in a large coverage of thin to moderately dense smoke across much of the region and offshore to the south over the Pacific. 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