DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0200Z November 21, 2018.
SMOKE: California/Pacific Northwest Coastline.... During the afternoon, the area of moderate to thick smoke closer to the Camp fire in Butte County was moving generally to the north. Thinner density smoke from this fire reached close to the California-Oregon border though cloudiness began moving over the region which significantly limited smoke detection in satellite imagery later in the day. Farther to the south, the patch of moderately dense to thick smoke closer to the Alder fire in the Sequoia National Forest in Tulare County shifted more to the north and eventually to the north-northeast by late in the afternoon which placed the thicker smoke over the south-central portion of the Sierra Mountain chain. Thin to moderately dense smoke from the Alder fire and the Camp fire still lingered over the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley regions. The earlier thinner density smoke which was noted this morning along and off the coastal portions of central and northern California and along and off the Pacific Northwest Coast was no longer visible due to cloudiness overspreading this area. 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