Thursday, February 16, 2023

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0031Z February 17, 2023

SMOKE/AEROSOL:
Northern and Western Gulf Coast States of the United States, Gulf of
Mexico, Southern and Eastern Mexico, Northwestern Central America and
the Pacific Ocean south and west of southwest Mexico and northwest
Central America….
An area of smoke from seasonal fire activity occurring in portions of
Mexico, Central America, Cuba and the Southeastern United States along
with aerosols from industrial sources mainly in Cuba, Mexico, and Central
America and possible additions from several bouts of heavy blowing dust
yesterday was seen throughout the day extending from coastal sections
of the north central and western Gulf Coast States of the United States
extending southwest through the central and western Gulf of Mexico,
eastern and southern Mexico, northwestern Central America and into
the Pacific Ocean south and west of northwestern Central America and
southwestern Mexico. Areas of moderate smoke were noted in the western
Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and off the southern coast of Mexico into the
Pacific.

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 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.