Saturday, May 1, 2021

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 1630Z May 1, 2021

SMOKE:
Northern Florida, Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, and Western Atlantic
Ocean...
A large region of light to moderate density smoke likely attributed
to smoke transport from ongoing widespread seasonal fire activity over
Mexico and Central America was observed this morning. Light to moderate
density smoke was observed over parts of Northern/Central Florida as
well as over parts of the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico and to the north
of the Bahamas out over parts of the Western Atlantic Ocean in recent
GOES visible satellite imagery.

Central Plains, Mid Mississippi/Ohio River Valley, and Lower Mid West
region...
A region of remnant light density smoke likely attributed to yesterday’s
seasonal and agricultural fire activity from the Central Plains was
observed over parts of the Central Plains as well as over the Lower Mid
West and over parts of the Mid Mississippi and Ohio River Valley. Light
density smoke was observed over Northern Missouri, Southern Iowa,
Southern Wisconsin, parts of Kentucky, Ohio, and over most of Illinois
and Indiana in earlier GOES visible satellite imagery.

Mexico, Gulf of Mexico, Central America, Southwestern Caribbean Sea and
the Eastern Pacific Ocean...
A broad region of light, moderate, and thick density smoke attributed to
ongoing widespread seasonal fire activity over Mexico and Central America
was observed this morning and early afternoon. Moderate to thick density
smoke was observed over most of Southern Mexico, the Southern Bay of
Campeche, over most of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Western/Central
Honduras, Northwestern Nicaragua, and over parts of the Southwestern
Caribbean Sea. Moderate to thick density smoke was also observed south
of Mexico over parts of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Light to moderate
density smoke was also observed over most of the Western and Northern
Gulf of Mexico an also over Southwestern and Central Mexico in recent
GOES visible satellite imagery.

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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.