DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0300Z July 23, 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 RESPONSES TO: SSDFireTeam@noaa.gov. SMOKE: Western and Central US/South Central and Eastern Canada... An extremely large area of thin density smoke stretches from California and Oregon eastward over northern Nevada, southern Idaho, and much of Wyoming. The smoke then fans out as it moves to the east, northeast, and southeast and covers a good portion of the Central US as well as south central Canada. The smoke then narrows as it extends from the Great Lakes region over central Ontario and central Quebec. The western half(approximately) of this large mass of smoke is likely from a combination of wildfires burning particularly in central and northwestern Colorado, far northern Nevada, east central California, and southwestern Oregon. The eastern half(approximately) of this smoke is mainly due to the wildfires burning over south central and southeastern Canada. Closer to some of the wildfires, the smoke density becomes much thicker. Thick smoke was noted across southwestern and south central Oregon and far northwestern Oregon from the wildfires over southwestern Oregon. Thick smoke from the Ferguson Fire in east central California was seen over the Central and Northern Sierras. Moderately dense to thick smoke from the wildfire in far north central Nevada extended into south central Idaho. Locally thicker smoke was also seen near wildfire activity in west central Colorado and north central New Mexico. A larger detached patch of moderately dense smoke likely from the Colorado wildfires was visible moving southward over Oklahoma into north central Texas. Finally, an area of thin to moderate density smoke was located over northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana as well as southern British Columbia and southern Alberta. This smoke was due mostly to wildfires in southern British Columbia. Western, Northwestern, and North Central Canada... A very large and significant area of smoke of varying density was noted over the eastern Yukon and western and a good portion of British Columbia, central Alberta, and especially from the Northwest Territories to Nunavut just to the northwest of Hudson Bay. This smoke was believed to be transported long range from fires in Russia/Asia. DUST: A large mass of Saharan dust continues to shift westward and is now located from near and just south of Puerto Rico westward over and south of Hispaniola, across the Caribbean but mainly south of Cuba, and over the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Campeche. 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