DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0100Z August 24, 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: Southern Half of Canada/Much of the US... Significant wildfire activity scattered across the western CONUS and western Canada, from northern California and northern Nevada northward across portions of Idaho, western Montana, and British Columbia, continue to be responsible for widespread coverage of varying density smoke blanketing most of the southern half of Canada as well as the northern and southeastern CONUS, the northern Gulf of Mexico, the north Atlantic Ocean including Greenland and the Azores, and the Pacific Ocean from California to a point halfway between Hawaii and California. The most dense smoke was covering much of southern Canada from British Columbia to Quebec, the Pacific Northwest, the Intermountain West, the Great Basin, and northern California. In addition to the fires across western North America, a couple fires throughout western Ontario and eastern Alberta were contributing thick smoke as well. The lighter density smoke was extending as far east as the Azores and near Iceland and Ireland. In addition to the thick, dense smoke across Canada and the northern CONUS, another region of relatively dense remnant smoke was observed across the southeastern CONUS and northern Gulf of Mexico, extending from Texas into Florida and up across southern Georgia, South Carolina, and southern North Carolina across the Atlantic Ocean into the Canadian Maritime Provinces. BLOWING DUST: Tropical Atlantic. Another Saharan Dust event was observed emerging from Morocco and Mauritania out into the Atlantic Ocean at about 40W and moving west. Hosley 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