DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1800Z 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: Canada/North-Central US... Smoke from numerous wildfires across Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia continues to contribute to a large area of light to moderate smoke extending across the Canadian provinces into northern Ontario and moving generally eastward, as well as extending southward into the Great Plains from the Dakotas and Minnesota down to eastern Colorado, Kansas, and northern Missouri and moving southeastward. Locally, several of the fires in British Columbia are producing plumes of thick smoke which extend north and northeastward from their parent fires. Western US... Wildfires in northern California, southwestern Oregon, and Utah continue to produce plumes of thick smoke, with fires in Montana, Colorado, and Arizona producing plumes of moderate smoke, in addition to other fires throughout the region producing at least light smoke. These all are contributing to a large area of remnant smoke in a roughly annular shape moving around an upper-level ridge. BLOWING DUST: Caribbean Sea/Gulf of Mexico... An area of Saharan dust is seen extending from east of the Yucatan Peninsula into most of the Gulf of Mexico. Another burst of Saharan dust is seen moving westward off of the African continent. MC 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