DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0300Z September 11, 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: Area from Oregon/California eastward to the Northern and Central U.S... A rather extensive swath of smoke attributed to wildfires burning in the Western U.S. was visible extending from southwestern Oregon and northern California eastward to the Northern Plains and then fanning out from there to include Ontario, the western Great Lakes Region, and the Middle Mississippi Valley. Much of this smoke is of thin density with thicker smoke located farther to the west closer to the active fires. Moderately dense smoke stretched from northern California across northern Nevada, southern and central Idaho, and southwestern Montana. Thick smoke was noted extending east of a couple of fires in central Idaho, near larger wildfires in southwestern Oregon, and across a portion of northern California closer to the more significant wildfires in that area. DUST: Northern Nevada... Blowing dust was seen spreading to the east and northeast from the Carson Sink in northwestern Nevada with the dust appearing to mix with smoke from the wildfires a bit farther to the west in southwestern Oregon and northern California. Northern Baja... A patch of rather dense blowing dust originating from a source region in northern Baja fanned out as it spread to the north and northwest in the direction of the southern California-Mexico border. 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