Northern California Smokey Air Forecast
U.S. Smoke Forecast Disscussion
DESCRIPTIVE TEXT NARRATIVE FOR SMOKE/DUST OBSERVED IN SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 0300Z January 21, 2017
A number of fires along with accompanying thin density smoke plumes were
visible in satellite imagery during the day over the Florida peninsula
with the majority of the smoke moving in an easterly direction.
Southern Gulf of Mexico...
Swaths of thin density smoke were seen emanating from seasonal fires
burning in southeastern Mexico and from some of the oil rigs in the Bay of
Campeche and spreading to the north over the far southern Gulf of Mexico.
Western Gulf of Mexico...
An area of thin density aerosol of unknown composition was present over
a portion of the western Gulf of Mexico.
Strong westerly winds kicked up a patch of mainly thin density blowing
dust from point sources in western Texas located between Midland and
Lubbock during the afternoon. The dust moved to the east-northeast across
north central Texas nearly reaching the border of southern Oklahoma just
prior to sunset.
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:
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