Sunday, May 22, 2022

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0105Z May 23, 2022

SMOKE:
New Mexico/Texas/Oklahoma…
The Hermits Peak Fire and the Black Fire continue to burn in north central
and southwestern New Mexico, respectively. Predominantly moderate density
smoke was observed emitting from those fires during the afternoon hours,
with plumes dispersing toward the northeast-east across eastern New
Mexico and over Oklahoma.

Northeastern U.S./Eastern Canada…
A large area of remnant thin density smoke likely originated from the New
Mexico wildfires as well as several other smaller fires in the southeast
U.S. was seen over the northwestern Atlantic off the New England and Nova
Scotia coastlines extending for approximately 800 miles to the east and
1,000 to the south. The plume is traveling eastward following the higher
level atmospheric flow in that region.

SMOKE/AEROSOL:
Texas/Mexico/Northwestern Central America/Gulf of Mexico/Pacific South
of Mexico…
A large area of mostly light to moderate density smoke from widespread
seasonal fire activity continues to cover most of Mexico with the
exception of northwestern states, northwestern Central America, most of
Gulf of Mexico with the potential exception of the central-northern region
where dense clouds blocked the view, and extending well offshore to the
southwest-west of Mexico over the Pacific. The northern section of that
plume also extended across Texas where it eventually mixed with smoke from
the New Mexico wildfires. Localized areas of heavy concentration smoke
were observed across parts of southwestern Mexico where several larger
wildfires were burning. Emissions from gas flaring and other industrial
activities contributed additional light smoke to that large plume.

DUST:
Tropical Atlantic and Caribbean Sea…
Light Saharan dust was seen moving westward over much of the Caribbean
Sea while also impacting the islands of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola to
the north.

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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.