DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0300Z September 19, 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. CORRECTED FOR DIRECTION IN WHICH SAHARAN DUST IS MOVING SMOKE: North-central CONUS/Southeastern Canada... Wildfire activity across central Utah, far western Wyoming, western Montana, and western Colorado was contributing to a large smoke plume extending eastward across the Great Lakes into the northeastern CONUS and the Maritime Provinces, with high cloud obscuring portions of the plume leading to discontinuities in the drawn smoke. The smoke emanating from these fires is thick, with a few pyrocumulus clouds observed. away from the parent activity, the smoke is generally light to moderate across northern Wyoming, the Dakotas, and Minnesota. Western CONUS... Wildfire activity across the western CONUS not associated with the item above was observed producing mainly thin smoke plumes this afternoon. Ongoing activity across northern California and southern Oregon was producing some thick smoke, some of which was making it offshore and south along the Pacific coast. The rest of the smoke across northern California was drifting north. Elsewhere, the lighter smoke plumes were observed moving off toward the east-northeast. Southeastern CONUS/southern Plains... Remnant smoke from yesterday's and today's agricultural burning across the southeastern CONUS was evident from Missouri south into Louisiana and then east into southern Georgia. the activity producing this smoke ranges from eastern Kansas and southern Illinois into Texas, Alabama, and Georgia. DUST: Tropical Atlantic Ocean... A large area of rather significant Saharan dust could be seen spreading slowly to the west across the tropical Atlantic Ocean toward the Windward and Leeward Islands. Northern Nevada... A stream of dust was emanating from the Black Rock Desert and from near Battle Mountain in northern Nevada. This dust was moving off to the east-northeast. 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