DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1730Z September 18, 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: Central and Southeastern U.S... Wildfires continue to burn in the Western U.S. with the ones in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah primarily responsible for a large area of mainly thin density smoke which extends from the northern and central Rockies eastward across the Northern and Central Plains and over the Great Lakes region. Within this larger mass of smoke, a swath of moderately dense to thick remnant smoke stretches from southeastern Montana across southern North Dakota and northern South Dakota to west central Minnesota. It is not known if this thicker smoke extends any farther to the east due to cloud cover. Farther to the west, more localized smoke of varying density was visible closer to some of the wildfires burning in central Idaho, southwestern Oregon, northern California, and central Arizona. Another area of thin density smoke extends southward from eastern Kansas and western Missouri to eastern Texas and Louisiana and eastward from there to the southern half of Georgia and southern South Carolina. This portion of the smoke is likely composed mainly of leftover smoke from seasonal burning occurring in the South Central and Southeastern U.S. though some contribution from the Western U.S. fire activity is possible over the Central Plains. Atlantic Ocean East of Nova Scotia... Leftover detached thin to moderate density smoke could be seen extending from just east of Nova Scotia well out over the open Atlantic Ocean. DUST: Tropical Atlantic Ocean... A large area of rather significant Saharan dust could be seen spreading slowly to the east across the tropical Atlantic Ocean toward the Windward and Leeward Islands. 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