May 2, 2017

Fires in the South and Elevated Ozone

Several, relatively, small fires burned today throughout the South of the United States. Fires in eastern Texas and western Louisiana were producing moderately dense smoke, which was traveling north (NOAA HMS image, top left). The wildfires near the Georgia/Florida border also were producing copious amounts of smoke, however these plumes were traveling east toward the Atlantic. Smaller plumes of smoke can be seen scattered between Texas and Florida; these are being produced by small fires in that region. A medium size plume of thin remnant smoke can be seen drifting south along the Nebraska and Iowa border. This is likely from agricultural burns in the Northern Plains and southern Canada. In spite of the multiple fires, the PM levels in the southern regions remained low, as seen in the AirNow PM image (top right), and the air quality was mostly affected by elevated Ozone reaching to unhealthy levels in southern California, the Southern Plains, and parts of the Mississippi Valley.

Posted by Julio Roman at May 2, 2017 10:28 PM
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