April 11, 2017

Smoke in Kansas

A large plume of smoke over eastern Kansas and bordering states can be seen in the NOAA HMS image on the top left. This smoke is being produced by the large number seasonal burnings in the Flint Hills region of Kansas. It ranges from light smoke in the surrounding areas to moderately dense smoke in the point of origin. Also, a large number small plumes of light smoke can be seen surrounding eastern Kansas; these are either small patches detached from the larger plume, or the are being produced by more seasonal fired in the region. A good amount of small plumes of light smoke can be seen throughout the eastern states of the Nation. These are most likely due to small local fires, most of which could be agricultural burns. The NOAA VIIRS image on the top right, shows the AOD levels in the Kansas region affected by the smoke. The cluster of color among the blue background shows the density of the smoke in the area. The air quality in that region is only a code yellow, or moderate in spite of the large quantities of smoke bring produced (AirNow PM image, bottom left). The poor air quality in the Southeast, and the Pacific Southwest is likely due to to local pollution and Ozone which is now affecting several areas around the nation thanks to the rising temperatures and low winds.

Posted by Julio Roman at April 11, 2017 11:34 PM
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