DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0300Z August 9, 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: Much of Canada and the Western and Central US... Major wildfire activity across portions of the Western US and up into Western Canada was responsible for an enormous mass of varying density smoke covering virtually all of the southern half of Canada along with the Western and Central US. Over the US, the thickest smoke was noted over a good portion of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana as well as the eastern half of Utah, Colorado, and the northern half of Arizona and New Mexico. Moderately dense to locally thicker smoke also stretched across North Dakota and northern Minnesota to the Great Lakes Region. Over Canada, a tremendous wildfire outbreak especially affecting portions of British Columbia resulted in the thickest smoke spreading across British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan with a bit more narrow swath of moderately dense to locally thicker smoke extending eastward over Manitoba, Ontario, and a portion of Quebec. BLOWING DUST: Caribbean Sea.... Saharan Dust was observed moving to the west covering much of the Caribbean region including Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, southern Florida, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Yucatan Peninsula. Additional Saharan dust was visible farther out to the east over the Atlantic to the east of Puerto Rico. 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