DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0000Z December 21, 2018.
SMOKE: Great Plains... From North Dakota to extreme southwestern Louisiana, a handful of fires were observed emitting thin smoke. The smoke from these fires was moving south-southeast behind the passage of a cold front. Northern Baja California... A few fires were observed emitting smoke, which was moving off toward the south-southeast. Blowing dust may also be observed in this area as well either standalone or mixing in with observed smoke. The smoke and dust was moving out into the northern Gulf of California. Elsewhere... Across the southeastern CONUS, a large weather system was producing thick cloud cover obscuring much of the southeast, with the exception of south Florida. However, higher cloud cover was also over this area, obscuring the analysis of smoke. This means that smoke may be present beneath the cloud cover. Broken to full cloud cover was also observed across much of the western CONUS and Canada. This was also obscuring the analysis of smoke throughout this area where fires have been analyzed. Smoke may be present under the cloud cover. BLOWING DUST... See the Northern Baja California section under SMOKE. 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