DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE
IMAGERY THROUGH 0200 UTC July 15, 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: Canada... Areas of light density remnant smoke likely originating from Russia and wildfires in central Canada continue to be observed over northeastern Manitoba and northern Ontario, with a smaller region of moderate-density remnant smoke within the larger area, moving southeastward. Another region of light density remnant smoke, most likely from sources in Russia, was also observed across the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Montana, southern Saskatchewan, and southern Manitoba. This region of smoke was becoming incorporated within the eastern half of a cyclone centered over northern Saskatchewan. In addition to the remnant smoke, several wildfires throughout Ontario are producing plumes of high-density smoke. This smoke is moving east-southeastward. Central Sierras... A wildfire in the Central Sierras was observed emitting dense smoke this afternoon and evening. This smoke was moving in all different directions. A lower layer of smoke was mainly moving off toward the south with a small portion off toward the north and north-northwest, while higher lofted smoke was moving off to both the west-northwest and the east Colorado River Valley... A wildfire erupted this afternoon on the California-Arizona Border. The smoke emitted by this wildfire was very thick, with a pyrocumulus having formed along with an overshooting top. The smoke from this fire was moving off toward the south over far southeastern California into northern Baja California. Central and Eastern Washington State... Three wildfires and two short-lived, presumably agricultural, fires were observed emitting moderate density smoke this afternoon. The smoke from the fires in eastern Washington was moving off toward the south and southeast, while the smoke from the fires in central Washington was moving off toward the north. Labrador Sea... An area of thin to moderate remnant smoke was observed across the Labrador Sea moving off toward the west-southwest towards southern Greenland. The source of this smoke is either wildfires across northern Russia, central Canada, or a combination of both sources. DUST: Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico... An area of Saharan dust was observed moving generally westward across the tropical Atlantic and extends over the entire southern Gulf of Mexico into south Texas. Hosley 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