Widespread Code Yellow (Moderate) AQIs were reported in the Great Lakes, Plains States, Pacific Northwest and Southeast states today (top left).However the worst air quality conditions were observed throughout New England, peaking at Code Red in New Jersey (top right). Expansive cloud cover made it difficult to observe possible elevated aerosol optical depth in these regions. The cluster of fires in the Plain States could be contributing to the elevated AQIs there. The HMS analysis team also continued to report an expansive plume of smoke stretching from Nicaragua through the Yucaton Peninsula and into the southern Gulf of Mexico. A few fires and small smoke plumes were reported near the Straits of Florida, the Bahamas, Miami Dade and Lake Okeechobee in Southern Florida (bottom left). The MODIS overpass onboard the Terra satellite detected elevated aerosol optical depth across the southern Gulf and southern Florida (bottom right).