DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1800Z 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: Canada/North Central US/Western Great Lakes... Scattered wildfires across much of western Canada, ranging from southern British Columbia up through northwestern Alberta and into the Yukon and Northwest Territories are producing plumes of light to very dense smoke. This is adding to a large mass of persistent smoke resulting from these and other fires in Canada, Alaska, and possibly northern Asia and Europe. This smoke stretches across most of the Canadian provinces as far as Quebec, and extends across the north-central US and Great Lakes to at least Ohio, where cloud cover prevents further analysis. The mass of smoke contains smaller areas of greater-density smoke within it, particularly over Alberta, Saskatchewan, and eastern Montana. Western US... Wildfires scattered across several states in the Western US were responsible for another very large area of smoke which blanketed much of the western US with smoke of varying densities ranging from light to heavy, with the smoke spreading to the east and southeast. The greatest contributors to this area are several notable fires in California, particularly the Carr and Ferguson fires, which are producing plumes of very dense smoke which cover virtually all of the northern and central sections of that state. DUST: An area of Saharan dust stretched across the central and western Gulf of Mexico to the southern Texas coast. A second, larger area of Saharan dust extended over the entire Caribbean Sea. Clark 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