DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 2330Z November 13, 2018.
SMOKE: California... Conditions have not significantly changed since this morning/early afternoon...from the previous smoke analysis...Cloudiness was obscuring the Camp fire in northern California preventing any smoke to be seen in satellite imagery which is likely still present at the very least in the vicinity of the fire. A flare up of the Woolsey fire near the border of Ventura and Los Angeles counties this morning resulted in a new burst of thick smoke which spread to the west and southwest and off the coast to the east and southeast of the northern most Channel Islands. The smoke emitted during the past few days by these wildfires remains aloft well off the southern California and Baja California coastlines with another patch visible off the northern California and Oregon coastlines. More smoke may actually be present along and off the U.S. West Coast but cloudiness is inhibiting smoke detection in satellite imagery. Northern Baja... This afternoon, three separate fires broke out along the coast of northern Baja California, which emitted thin to moderately dense smoke that moved westward out across the Pacific. This smoke had not yet coalesced with any smoke from the Woolsey Fire. Arizona... Five separate fires across the Mogollon Rim were observed producing thin to moderately dense smoke this afternoon and evening. Much of this smoke was observed moving off to the west or west-southwest. Pacific Northwest... Thin smoke was observed moving north to north-northwest from fires across northern Idaho, eastern Washington, and southeastern British Columbia. These smoke plumes were observed between cloud masses. Underneath the cloud mass encompassing much of western Canada, as well as the cloud mass across southern Idaho and Oregon, there is likely more smoke being emitted. However, the cloud cover makes analysis of any smoke very difficult to impossible, even through any small breaks in the cloud cover. DUST: Arizona/Northwest Mexico... Conditions have not significantly changed since this morning/early afternoon...from the previous smoke analysis...A stripe of moderately dense blowing dust was visible moving to the west from the Wilcox Playa in southeastern Arizona. Another batch of blowing dust was noted spreading to the southwest from a source in the west central portion of the Mexican state of Sonora in northwest Mexico. Also, multiple swaths of blowing dust of varying density were seen spreading to the west and southwest from spots in northern and central Baja. JS/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