Tuesday, February 15, 2022

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0228Z February 15, 2022

SMOKE:
South-central, Southeastern U.S...
Widespread agricultural burning activity was observed throughout the
eastern South-central and southeastern United States. In the southeastern
U.S. numerous fires blanketed the area with light density smoke that
included large swaths of moderate heavy density smoke. The burning area
starts in eastern Texas and continues east through the Gulf states
ending in southern Virginia and the smoke in this area is generally
moving northeast. Heavier areas of smoke were observed in the Florida
panhandle, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Some heavier smoke
could be present in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas but cloud cover had
moved in by this evening.

SMOKE/AEROSOL:
Bay of Campeche/Gulf of Mexico/Southern and Eastern Mexico/Northwestern
Central America/Pacific Ocean South of Mexico and Central America...
The combination of thin density smoke from seasonal fires in Mexico
and significant smoke contributions from Central America and other
atmospheric pollutants including aerosols from oil and gas flaring and
other industries in the region was visible today over the western the
Bay of Campeche, western Gulf of Mexico, portions of southern and eastern
Mexico, western Mexico off Baja California, northwestern Central America,
and the Pacific Ocean off the southern and western coast of Mexico and
Central America.

BLOWING DUST:
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Southern California, Northwest Mexico...
Area's of generally light density blowing dust could be seen this
evening in northwest Mexico, far southern California, southern Arizona,
the southern half of New Mexico, central and northern Texas. The dust
was seen moving generally northeast as night approached.


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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.