DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0300Z August 28, 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... Once again, an exceptionally large amount of smoke was being transported very large distances from ongoing and recent wildfire activity affecting portions of the Western U.S. and Western Canada. The varying density smoke covered a significant portion of Canada though cloudiness over portions of Canada did interfere with some of the smoke extent and density information. Smoke of varying density also stretched from the Western U.S. eastward to the North Central Region and from there it extended to the east and southeast over the Great Lakes Region, the Northeast, and Middle Atlantic Region. The smoke also stretched well offshore covering much of the northern and central Atlantic possibly reaching Europe. Embedded patches of moderately dense smoke were located from the Middle Atlantic Region to along and off the Northeast coastal area. More moderate density smoke was visible over central Canada over and west of the western part of Hudson Bay. Fires in southern and southwestern Oregon, northern California, northern and eastern Nevada, and southeastern Wyoming were responsible for thicker smoke which was noted over far southern Oregon, portions of northern and central California and along a narrow band extending to the east and northeast over northern Nevada, northern Utah, southern Wyoming, and northwestern Colorado to the Upper Mississippi Valley Region gradually thinning in the process. More relatively thick smoke was seen spreading to the south from fires over western British Columbia with the thicker smoke passing over Vancouver Island to off the coast of Washington and Oregon. South Central and Southeastern U.S... What are believed to be seasonal/agricultural fires were widely scattered across portions of the South Central and Southeastern U.S. resulting in quite a few individual localized smoke plumes. DUST: Northwestern Mexico/Southern Arizona/Southern California... Relatively thin density blowing dust was seen spreading to the north from source region in far northwestern Mexico. Some of this dust may have moved into southern Arizona just prior to sunset. More possible thin density blowing dust was seen over the interior part of southern California. 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