DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1730Z October 18, 2018.
SMOKE: California/Pacific NW/British Columbia... Smoke plumes of varying density were observed emanating from fires (both wildfires and agricultural burns) across California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and western Montana. The smoke plumes were moving in various directions, with some moving in two or more directions. Across the mountains of California and the Klondike Fire in southwestern Oregon, the smoke was moving west. Across the San Joaquin Valley, smoke was moving east. Smoke was also moving east across much of Oregon, northern Idaho, and western Montana. Smoke was moving south across southern Idaho and southeastern Oregon. Also noted was cloud cover which may have obscured smoke analysis across British Columbia. In addition to the observed smoke plumes, thin density remnant smoke was observed moving south over central Oregon and northwestern California. This remnant smoke was due to active fires from yesterday. Southeastern U.S... A couple of localized thin density smoke plumes were seen spreading to the west from agricultural fires near Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida. Daily seasonal fire activity over Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia was also producing light density smoke plumes that were observed being blown towards the southwest. Scattered cloud cover across northern portions of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia may have obscured visibility of a few smoke plumes there. Northern Plains... Mainly light density smoke plumes from presumably agricultural fires was observed from southern Saskatchewan into northern Wisconsin moving off toward the 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