DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0230Z August 01, 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... Wildfires in central and eastern Alaska were observed emitting moderate-density smoke dispersing towards the east and into Yukon territory. Canada... Wildfires were seen occurring predominantly across central-southern Yukon territory and British Columbia (except northeast sector) contributing moderate-density smoke covering much of the region with a general southeast trajectory. Higher level smoke linked to those wildfires could be seen traveling towards the southeast and across the US border extending over Montana, the Dakotas and across Minnesota, and back towards the northeast and into Ontario. Western US... Widespread fire activity continues across northern California and southwest Oregon producing large plumes and leading to high concentrations of smoke from the ground up. The smoke aloft is spreading towards the northeast-east following the 500mb atmospheric flow which results in a large semi-circular plume of light-to-moderate density covering much of the western states, with additional smoke injection being seen across the Utah-Colorado state border where numerous additional wildfires are burning. Mexico... Numerous small/short-duration seasonal fires could be seen releasing predominantly light-density smoke along coastal areas north of Veracruz. WS 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