DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1630Z July 25, 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: Overall Perspective... An extremely large coverage of smoke of varying density was observed in satellite imagery this morning across the eastern half of Alaska and much of Canada to off the southwestern part of Greenland. The only smoke free area may be a portion of Quebec and far southeastern Canada though clouds were present there which limited smoke detection. The thickest smoke of moderate to thick density was located over much of western Canada with an eastward extension over northern Canada to northern Manitoba and the southeast part of Nunavut and over Hudson Bay. A narrow stripe of thicker smoke also stretched eastward across southern Canada from southern Alberta to southern Manitoba to near the border with North Dakota and Minnesota. The Alaska smoke and some of the smoke over into a portion of the Yukon was likely due mostly to wildfire activity in those regions. Farther to the east over much of Canada, the smoke was believed to be mainly from long range transport from fires over northern Europe/northern Asia though some of the leftover smoke in Canada could be from wildfire activity actually occurring in Canada. Across the US, smoke of mainly thin density covered the area from Washington to central California and eastward from there possibly all the way to the Appalachians. The smoke over the Western and Central US was likely attributed to wildfire activity over the Western US. The mass of thin to moderately dense smoke stretching from the Great Lakes region to the Gulf Coast was more likely being transported southward from Canada with the source potentially from wildfires in Canada and even now possibly from the longer range transport from Europe/Asia. More Specifically... Western US... Thicker smoke from the cluster of wildfires in southwestern Oregon and northern California was noted over far northern California, southwestern and south central Oregon. Thicker smoke from the Ferguson fire was present over a portion of the central and southern Sierras. A swath of thick smoke from wildfires in southwestern Idaho spread eastward to far northwestern Utah and south central Idaho. DUST: One area of Saharan dust was observed across the Bay of Campeche and southwestern Gulf of Mexico extending westward over Mexico and southern Texas. A second batch of Saharan dust was noted spreading to the west over Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, eastern Cuba, the southeastern Bahamas, and the eastern Caribbean. 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