DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0200Z December 22, 2018.
SMOKE: Southern Texas... Fires on both sides of the Rio Grande in far southern Texas/northeastern Mexico were responsible for thin density smoke which affected portions of this region. Southeastern Texas/Southern Louisiana... Thin density smoke from fires scattered across southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana moved quickly to the southeast and off the coast over the Gulf of Mexico. Eastern Wyoming/Western Nebraska... A rather long thin to locally moderately dense smoke plume originated from a fire in eastern Wyoming and moved to the east-southeast across eastern Wyoming and into western Nebraska by later in the afternoon. Mexico... Generally clear skies allowed for detection of numerous seasonal type fires scattered across portions of Mexico. Many individual smoke plumes of primarily thin density were also observed with some of the plumes merging to form larger patches of smoke. 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