DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1802Z July 27, 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: Eastern Alaska/Canada/North Central US/Appalachian Region... The enormous mass of smoke which has been present for several days continued to be visible stretching from eastern Alaska and western Canada eastward across virtually all of Canada to off the southern tip of Greenland. The thinner density portion of this smoke also covered approximately the northern half of the US extending as far east as New York and the Middle Atlantic region. Thicker embedded areas of smoke were noted over most of Canada. Western US... The Valley Fire in southern California, Ferguson Fire in central California, and the Carr Fire in northern California along with the cluster of fires in southwestern Oregon were responsible for widespread significant density smoke coverage over much of California, northwestern Nevada, and the southern half of Oregon. The heavy density smoke plumes from the fires in southern Oregon were moving southwest into the Pacific Ocean. The thick plume from the Valley Fire extended over southern Nevada (including Las Vegas) and as far as northwest Oklahoma. The leading portion of smoke from these fires and other wildfires burning over the Western US appeared to stretch eastward over the Rockies where it merged with the smoke described in the paragraph above. DUST: A large area of Saharan dust extended from near and to the east and south of Puerto Rico westward over the Caribbean to the Yucatan Peninsula, the south central and western Gulf of Mexico, the Bay of Campeche, and over Mexico. Rodriguez 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