DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1600Z July 24, 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 US... Thick smoke from wildfire activity in southwest Oregon and a wildfire at the northern edge of the San Joaquin Valley blankets much of southwestern Oregon and northern California, with lighter density smoke moving out over the near-coast Pacific Ocean and towards the east-northeast across central Idaho (where another fire is adding to the plume while also spreading south) and west-central Montana. The Ferguson fire is also still producing copious amounts of dense smoke, which is spreading both north and south in California along the eastern edge of the San Joaquin Valley. Alaska... Wildfires in central Alaska are producing thin to moderate density smoke. This smoke is spreading out across much of central Alaska, moving northwest from the fires and turning right towards the northeast and then east-northeast. Canada/Great Lakes/Mississippi Valley/North Atlantic... An expansive region of varying density smoke exists across nearly all of Canada EXCEPT for far eastern Ontario, southern Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces where cloud cover obscures the detection of smoke. The smoke also extends southward across the northern Great Plains, the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River Valley, with an eastern extension into the north Atlantic just south of Greenland. Much of this smoke is believed to have originated in Russia, although fires in Ontario are producing thick smoke that is contributing to the thicker portion of smoke layer over the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Valley. Over western Canada, a series of cyclones is shearing the layer into thicker and thinner areas within the overall area. DUST: Saharan dust was observed across much of the central Atlantic, southern Caribbean, the Gulf of Honduras, the Bay of Campeche, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America, and the far eastern Pacific. Much of the dust was moving west or northwest in general. 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