DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1730Z 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. SMOKE: North-central CONUS/Southern and Southeastern Canada... A large area of smoke attributed primarily to wildfires burning in western Wyoming, north central Utah, and northern and western Colorado was seen in satellite imagery this morning extending from northeastern Utah, western Wyoming, and southeastern Montana eastward across the Northern and Central Plains, the Great Lakes region, the Ohio Valley, a portion of the Northeast, and the Middle Atlantic region. Embedded moderately dense smoke was located mainly over the Great Lakes region and moving to the east and southeast. Locally thicker smoke was also seen closer to the wildfires. Southern Oregon/Northern California... Thin density smoke linked to wildfires continuing to burn in southwestern Oregon and Northern California was visible over a small portion of far southern and southwestern Oregon and northern California. Some of the smoke was also spreading to the south along and off the northern and central California coast. Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley/Southern Plains, Southeastern U.S... A region of thin density smoke mainly associated with nearby seasonal fires was noted covering the Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley as well as the South Central and Southeastern U.S. from eastern Texas eastward to southern Georgia and northern Florida and off the Georgia and northeastern Florida coast. DUST: Tropical Atlantic Ocean... A batch of rather significant Saharan Dust was visible a bit farther to the west than yesterday over the tropical Atlantic Ocean with the leading edge now spreading westward over Puerto Rico. 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