DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1800Z August 21, 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: Western Canada, Western U.S., and Northern U.S.... Continued wildfire activity predominately in British Columbia and Washington State, with additional activity throughout the remainder of the western U.S., continues to produce areas of thick smoke. From Washington and west-central British Columbia, the thickest smoke is drifting south and west over the Pacific Ocean, where it diffuses into light and medium-density smoke and turns back eastward and inland over northern California and Oregon. Here, further fire activity adds locally thick smoke to the plume, which continues east-northeastward across Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming. In addition, fire activity from central and northern British Columbia is producing thick smoke, which is moving generally eastward. Light remnant smoke originating from this region is seen over the Canadian provinces east to western Ontario and over the northern U.S. from Montana to Minnesota. Southern U.S.... An area of medium-density smoke is seen from Kansas to Louisiana drifting southward. Wisps of light smoke are seen from Arizona to Missouri, with the highest concentration seen in a clockwise circulation centered on the Arizona/New Mexico border. 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