DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0330Z July 28, 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/Northeast... Wildfire activity over portions of Alaska and northwestern Canada along with long range transport of smoke from wildfire activity in northern Europe and northern Asia contributed to an enormous mass of rather dense smoke affecting much of Canada as well as the northern third or half of the US. Some of the moderately dense smoke spread southeastward from Montana and North Dakota over the Great Lakes Region and Ohio Valley to western Pennsylvania and western New York. It is likely that smoke from wildfires scattered across the Western US has spread eastward over the Central US and is merging with the smoke coming down from Canada. Western US... Wildfires scattered across many states in the Western US were responsible for another very large area of smoke which blanketed virtually all of the Western US with the smoke spreading to the east and likely merging with smoke mentioned in the first paragraph coming down from Canada. Intense wildfire activity over portions of California and southwestern Oregon in particular was resulting in very dense smoke covering portions of California, southern Oregon, southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, the northern half of Nevada, and northern Utah, with another stripe of thicker smoke across southern California as well as southwestern and south central Arizona. Additional very dense smoke plumes were also noted spreading east from wildfires over northern Utah, far northeastern Nevada, west central and eastern Idaho, and northern Oregon. DUST: One area of Saharan dust stretched across the central and western Gulf of Mexico as well as the Bay of Campeche and over Mexico and possibly even off the west and southern Mexican coast over the eastern Pacific. The second batch of Saharan dust extended over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola and northwest of there to near the southeastern Bahamas. 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