Smoke over Central U.S., Fires in West
The EPA AQI
loop, below left, shows the area of Unhealthy
in central Idaho present in the early morning before
dropping to Moderate by mid-morning and disappearing entirely
partway through the afternoon. There are additional patches
of Moderate AQI
through the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest,
southern Plains States, Mississippi Valley, Southeast, and
Mid-Atlantic, with some spots in North Carolina and along
the Texas-Oklahoma border reaching Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.
The HMS smoke product, below right, shows smoke covering the Plains,
Great Lakes, ,Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, which may account for
some of the elevated AQIs.
Aqua image of north-central California below shows
a closer view of one of the smoke plumes visible in the HMS image
above, spreading eastward from the Lodge Complex fires.
In another closer look, the webcam image below on the left
is from Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeast
Minnesota, which appears rather more hazy than the image on
the right, taken in clear conditions.
Posted by Daniel Orozco at August 14, 2014 11:59 PM