Sunday, March 14, 2021

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 01640Z March 14, 2021

SMOKE:
Southeast U.S./Atlantic...
A large area of light density smoke from today’s and yesterday’s
widespread seasonal fires covered parts of Alabama, Georgia, northern
Florida, South Carolina, and extended slightly to the southeast
approximately 900 miles over the Atlantic.

Mexico and Western Gulf of Mexico, Eastern Pacific Ocean...
A large region of light density smoke was observed over most of Coastal
Eastern Mexico and out over parts of the Western Gulf of Mexico. Light
density smoke was also observed over parts of Southern Mexico and the
Eastern Pacific Ocean. The plumes appears to consist of smoke from
seasonal fires in the region, gas flaring activity, as well as urban
pollution/aerosols. Light  density smoke was observed in the southwestern
Gulf of Mexico from offshore drilling platforms progressing  northwest
in direction.

Eglin


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

 


Unless otherwise indicated:
  • Areas of smoke are analyzed using GOES-EAST and GOES-WEST Visible satellite imagery.
  • Only a general description of areas of smoke or significant smoke plumes will be analyzed.
  • A quantitative assessment of the density/amount of particulate or the vertical distribution is not included.
  • Widespread cloudiness may prevent the detection of smoke even from significant fires.