Saturday, March 5, 2022

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0215Z March 6, 2022

SMOKE:
South Central/Southeastern U.S./Great Lakes Region/ and the Mid-Atlantic
Region...
A broad region of remnant light density smoke associated with widespread
and significant seasonal fire activity in the south central and
southeastern U.S. was visible this evening across the region extending
from the south central and southeastern U.S. to the north and northeast to
at least as far to the north as southern Wisconsin and southern Michigan
and as far to the northeast as northern Virginia and Pennsylvania. An
embedded smaller patch of moderate density leftover smoke was seen
moving quickly to the northeast over the area from southern Indiana to
northwestern Ohio. Cloud cover around portions of the periphery of the
smoke area prevented determination on whether any smoke is present farther
beyond this smoke area. Across the southern part of the smoke area, smoke
and aerosols from Mexico are likely mixing in with the smoke from the
seasonal fire activity in the south central and southeastern U.S. In the
southwestern part of the area, blowing dust is likely mixing in as well
over the eastern portions of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas this evening.

Kansas...
A large fire complex to the northwest of Wichita just east of Hutchinson
was observed emitting light to moderate density smoke. The smoke from
the fire complex was observed progressing eastward and northeastward
this evening.

SMOKE/AEROSOL:
Southeastern Texas and Southern Louisiana/Bay of Campeche/Gulf of
Mexico/Central, Southern, and Eastern Mexico/Northwestern Central
America/Pacific Ocean South of Mexico and Central America...
The usual combination of light to moderate density smoke from seasonal
fires in Mexico and Central America along with other atmospheric
pollutants including aerosols from oil and gas flaring and other
industries in the region was visible this morning. Smoke and aerosols were
observed over the Bay of Campeche and the Gulf of Mexico with the possible
exception of the southeastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, portions of
southern, central, and eastern Mexico, northwestern Central America,
and the Pacific Ocean extending well off the southern coast of Mexico
and Central America. Lighter density smoke/aerosol mix also spreads
further north and northeast reaching southeastern Texas and southern
Louisiana before it became mixed with smoke from significant seasonal
fire activity occurring in the south central and southeastern U.S. It
also mixed with blowing dust over central Texas and possibly farther to
the north. Withing a larger mass of thin density smoke/aerosols  was
a rather large area of moderate density smoke/aerosols which was more
prevalent over southern Mexico extending south well off the coast of
southern Mexico over the Pacific Ocean this evening.

BLOWING DUST:
Arizona/California/Colorado/Kansas/Oklahoma/Texas/New Mexico...
A region of blowing dust was observed over Southern California,
over Northeastern Southwestern Arizona, and New Mexico progressing
eastward/northeastward this evening. A large area of blowing dust
attributed to stronger winds across portions of the south central and
southwestern U.S. was seen this evening over southeastern Colorado and
extending east across western/central Kansas, western/central Oklahoma,
and western/central Texas. The dust likely extends farther to the north,
east, and southeast of its present location where it mixes in with smoke,
though extensive cloud cover is preventing a more precise determination
on this in satellite imagery.

Sambucci


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 map:	https://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/land/fire/currenthms.jpg
Smoke data:
https://satepsanone.nesdis.noaa.gov/pub/FIRE/web/HMS/Smoke_Polygons
Fire data:
https://satepsanone.nesdis.noaa.gov/pub/FIRE/web/HMS/Fire_Points

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.