DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0002Z August 10, 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 US with the possible exception of the Southeastern US... The ongoing significant amount of wildfire activity scattered across portions of the Western US and Western Canada continued to emit large quantities of smoke with an enormous area of varying density smoke blanketing much of the southern half of Canada though portions of northern Ontario and northern Quebec and Hudson Bay may be mainly free of smoke. The smoke also covered a good portion of the US with the possible exception of the Southeastern US from eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma to the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. In greater detail, an area of thicker smoke from wildfires in Utah and western Colorado was visible spreading southward over southern Utah, southwestern Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, and northern Arizona. Thick smoke from wildfires in California, southwestern Oregon, portions of Washington state and Idaho was noted roughly across the northern half of California, much of Oregon and Washington, and up over northern Idaho and into western Montana. A large area of moderately dense to thick smoke attributed to both wildfire activity in the Western US and over Western Canada could be seen over much of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and far southern Ontario in Canada and stretching from Montana eastward over the Dakotas and the Great Lakes Region to northern New York in the northern US. Thinner density smoke was visible over portions of the Central and South Central US as well as the Ohio Valley Region, the Middle Atlantic Region, and the Northeast. BLOWING DUST: Caribbean Region/Southern Florida/Gulf of Mexico... The mass of Saharan Dust continued to be visible moving to the west covering much of the Caribbean region including Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, southern Florida, the eastern and southern 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. Rodriguez 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