DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE
IMAGERY THROUGH 0300 UTC June 26, 2018.
NESDIS IS INVESTIGATING THE UTILITY OF THIS TEXT NARRATIVE. IF YOU FIND THIS PRODUCT VALUABLE, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS INDICATING HOW YOU AND/OR YOUR AGENCY USE THE INFORMATION. THANK YOU. SEND EMAIL RESPONSE TO SSDFireTeam@noaa.gov. SMOKE: Western US... Several wildfires in northern and central California were emitting moderately dense to thick smoke during the day with one patch of thicker smoke stretching from southwest of Merced CA in central California to just north of Ely NV in eastern Nevada. The other axis of thicker smoke extended from east of Ukiah in northwestern California to just southwest of Winnemucca NV in northwestern Nevada. A much larger surrounding area of thinner density smoke attributed mainly to the California wildfires blanketed much of central and northern California, southeastern Oregon, southern Idaho, virtually all of Nevada, the western half of Utah, and northwestern Arizona. Canada/North Central US... Numerous wildfires scattered across a broad region from northern Alberta to the northern half of Ontario were responsible for a very large mass of thin density smoke which basically covered a significant portion of southern Canada from northern and eastern Alberta eastward over the southern half of Hudson Bay, northern Ontario, and as far east was western Quebec. Patches of thick smoke were noted spreading to the northeast from wildfires burning in western and central Ontario. Farther to the west, some of the larger wildfires were responsible for an elongated swath of moderately dense to thick smoke covering the area extending from northeastern Alberta over northern Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba to the western shore of Hudson Bay. Some of the thinner density smoke from the Canadian wildfires also appeared to reach into northeastern Montana and North Dakota. Farther to the west, cloud cover over British Columbia and points north of there limited smoke detection in satellite imagery. DUST... Oregon/Nevada... A relatively small swath of blowing dust was observed moving to the south-southeast from a source located in northern Lake County of south central Oregon. Farther to the south, an area of moderate density blowing dust was seen moving to the east from the Carson Sink in west central Nevada with the dust likely reaching east central Nevada by sunset. Other potential blowing dust from sources in northwestern Nevada may be occurring and moving to the east though it is difficult to discern dust from smoke from the California wildfires in this region. 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/data/land/fire/currenthms.jpg GIS: ftp://satpsanone.nesdis.noaa.gov/FIRE/HMS/GIS/ KML: http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/fire.kml (fire) http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/smoke.kml (smoke) ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS REGARDING THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE SENT TO SSDFireTeam@noaa.gov