DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0200Z November 15, 2018.
SMOKE: California... A large batch of moderately dense to thick smoke from the Camp fire in northern California covered much of the Sacramento Valley with an even bigger area of thinner density smoke from this fire extending farther to the south over the San Joaquin Valley and across Santa Barbara and to the west and southwest across much of the remainder of northern and central California including the San Francisco-Oakland metro areas. Leftover smoke from the past several days from this fire and also from the Woosley fire over southern California extended well off the coast of California over the Pacific. Only thinner density smoke was visible periodically during the day spreading to the west and offshore of southern California from the Woosley fire. Ongoing wildfires over Tulare County of the interior portion of south central California produced a relatively smaller patch of moderately dense to locally thick smoke which generally affected locations near and to the west and north of the fires. Northwestern U.S./Southwestern Canada... A very large number of seasonal type fires were noted over portions of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and western Montana in the Northwestern U.S. and British Columbia, Alberta, and southwestern Saskatchewan in Southwestern Canada though little in the way of smoke was visible in satellite imagery. Cloudiness over some of this region did likely interfere with smoke detection in satellite imagery. Central U.S... Scattered relatively small seasonal type fires were analyzed from central Texas to Minnesota and Wisconsin though very little smoke was visible in satellite imagery. 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