DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1900Z October 22, 2018.
SMOKE: Southeast U.S.... Several seasonal fires can be seen burning across southern North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, in addition to sugar cane plantations south of Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Increasing cloud coverage prevented smoke detection in most areas except for central Georgia and Alabama, where plumes can be seen dispersing towards the northwest. Northern U.S./Southern Canada... Multiple short-lived agricultural fires were observed this morning along the border between North Dakota and Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Individual smoke plumes could not be readily discerned in the visible geostationary images. Smoke dispersion is expected to flow towards the southeast following the low level wind trajectories. Bay of Campeche... Smoke linked to gas flaring is seen emanating from oil rigs in the Bay of Campeche moving towards the northwest. WS 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