Thursday, June 16, 2022

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0100Z June 17, 2022

SMOKE:
Alaska/Northwestern Canada...
Numerous large wildfires burning in southwestern and central Alaska
were responsible for large areas of varying density smoke which
affected virtually all of Alaska, coastal Alaska, and northwestern
Canada. Moderate smoke was observed in eastern Alaska and Yukon while
progressing westward. Earlier in the day, the smoke extended through
Canada and into the U.S northern plains, however cloud cover over western
and northwestern Canada has prevented the analysis of the full extent
of the smoke in these regions.

Eastern and Central U.S...
A swath of varying density smoke from several larger wildfires burning in
Arizona and New Mexico with contributions from seasonal burning extended
from portions of Arizona and New Mexico to the northeast, across central
and eastern U.S, and down back through the U.S Gulf States. Moderate smoke
was observed progressing westward over central U.S, extending from the
wildfires in northern New Mexico through southern Nebraska. Cloud cover
appeared over the locations of the wildfires, thus heavier density smoke
closer to the large wildfires in Arizona and New Mexico is most likely
underneath the cover. The smoke further south of the U.S mixed with the
“SMOKE/AEROSOL” combination described below.

SMOKE/AEROSOL:
Northern Mexico/Tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean/Southwestern U.S…
Generally thin density smoke from seasonal fire activity and possibly a
few wildfires in Mexico combined with aerosols from industry was visible
this evening over western and northern Mexico, and western Gulf of Mexico.

DUST:
Tropical Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico...
Saharan Dust was seen over the Central Tropical Atlantic Ocean and
extending through the eastern Caribbean Islands and into the eastern
Caribbean Sea.

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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 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.