DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0245Z August 27, 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/U.S... Smoke of varying density from ongoing wildfire activity scattered across portions of the Western U.S. and South Central and Western Canada was visible covering much of Canada and a good portion of the U.S. The smoke also extended well off the coast of Southeastern Canada and off the Northeastern U.S. and Middle Atlantic Region out over the Atlantic. Only a portion of the Southwestern U.S., South Central U.S. and Southeastern U.S. was believed to be relatively free of smoke. Within the larger area of smoke, moderately dense smoke was present from east of Hudson Bay to out over the Atlantic. More moderate density smoke was located over South Central Canada from central and southern Alberta to near the Ontario-Quebec border and over the North Central U.S. from eastern Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming eastward to the Eastern Great Lakes Region. Thick smoke was noted in a few areas including over central and southern Oregon, northern California, northern Nevada, southwestern Idaho, and northern Utah from more active wildfires in this region. A thick smoke plume from a growing wildfire in southeastern Wyoming spread quickly to the east-northeast reaching into south central South Dakota and north central Nebraska by sunset. In Canada, thick smoke was visible over southeastern Alberta and southwestern Manitoba, across far northern Saskatchewan, far northern Manitoba, and the southeast part of the Northwest Territories and part of Nunavut to the west and northwest of Hudson Bay. Other patches of thicker smoke were present over southwestern and northwestern British Columbia from ongoing wildfires in those regions. Cloudiness over the Northwestern U.S. and portions of Canada did interfere with additional more specific smoke information from satellite imagery. DUST: Western Oklahoma/Southwestern Kansas... A narrow stripe of blowing dust emanating from a point source in northern Beaver County in the western Oklahoma panhandle moved to the north during the afternoon and early evening into southwestern Kansas. Southern California... An area of aerosol across the interior portion of southern California was visible spreading to the east during the late afternoon and evening just prior to sunset. Gusty west and southwesterly winds were present so it is likely that at least some of this aerosol was composed of blowing dust though leftover thin density smoke from fires farther north in California and other atmospheric pollutants are also possibly mixed in. 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