DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0200Z July 31, 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: Alaska/Yukon Territory... Wildfire activity was observed producing moderate to thick density smoke across central Alaska and much of the central and southern Yukon Territory. Much of the smoke was observed moving off toward the east. Western US/southern Canada... Wildfires from California into southern British Columbia and New Mexico are contributing thick smoke to an expansive region of varying density smoke extending from the Pacific Ocean into western Ontario and the mid-Mississippi Valley. The most dense smoke exists across northern and central California, northern Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, northwestern Utah, southern British Columbia and southern Alberta. Another area of higher density remnant smoke, likely from all the wildfire activity across the western US, over south-central Alberta, southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba. Smoke is also very dense near many of the individual wildfires across the Rocky Mountains. The smoke is moving off from the wildfires in California north along the Pacific coast into southern British Columbia, where the smoke begins to move east. The smoke then turns south across south central Canada into the Dakotas and then southeast and east around an upper level trough into where the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers meet. Central Ontario/Southern Quebec... A long-lived wildfire on the northeastern shore of Georgian Bay is still producing thick smoke that extends east towards the Quebec City metro area. The thick smoke was observed moving off toward the east-northeast this afternoon and evening. 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