Yogo Fire & Increased Smoke Concentration in Montana

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product
the image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke in the eastern region of Montana.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs in the same region shown in the NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above.  INCIWEB reports that in the area of the left most concentration of AODs may be due to Yogo Fire which has currently burned close to 2,900 acres.

The AirNow Map image above shows the eastern region of Montana, there is a moderate AQI (Yellow, 51-100) due to an increased concentration of P.M 2.5 in the region. This increased concentration of P.M 2.5 may be due to fires in the area.

 

Update on the Mullen Fire & Fires in Midwest

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in the midwest of the United States. There are three main concentrations of smoke originiating in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs in multiple regions of the Midwest.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows the northern most fire is shown to be a moderate concentration going southward.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased AQI level in Colorado. There is an AQI Unhealthy of Sensative Groups (101-151, Orange). INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Mullen Fire which has burned over 176 thousand acres. The fire is currently only 34 percent contained.

The Ceiliometer Network shows that at Rocky Flats North, Colorado, there is a smoke concentration between the ground to 5000 meters above the surface.

Mullen Fire in Colorado

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in the northern region of Colorado.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch shows an increased concentration of AODs in the same region of California. INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Mullen Fire which has burned over 176 thousand acres. The fire is currently only 34 percent contained.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased concentration of particulate matter in Northern California. The AQI in this region is Moderate (51-100, Yellow).

Northern California Fires Lead to Increased AQI

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a heavy amount of smoke above Northern California.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs in the northern region of California.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased AQI in Northern California. The AQI in this region reaches a Very Unhealthy Level (201-300). This increased AQi is most likely due to smoke in the area which has increased the P.M 2.5 reaching the ground.

Increased Levels of Dust Concentration Over Atlantic Ocean & China

The NASA Worldview image above shows an increased concentration of dust crossing over the Atlantic Ocean.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as there is an increased dust concentration in a similar region. The maximum concentration of dust reaches between 5120-2560 ug/m**3.

The NASA Worldview image shows an increased level of dust in the Western region of China.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as there are two dust concentrations within China. The maximum concentration of the western dust concentration reaches between2560-1280 ug/m**3.

Smoke from California Moving East

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product shows an increased concentration of smoke originating from California moving eastward.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs moving eastward in the same formation as the NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above.

The AirNow Map image above shows smoke in California is increaseing the AQI in California as the AQI within central California reaches a Very Unhealthy level, (201-300, Purple.)

 

Increased Level of Ozone in Maryland

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased level of AQI due to an ozone. The AQI in most of Maryland reaches a moderate level (51-100, Yellow)

 

The CAMS image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of nitrous dioxide in Maryland as well. Nirtous Dioxide and Ozone have similar precursors so an increase in one often shows the increase in the other. Lidar/Ceiliometer data observations from multiple sites shows a concentration of ozone that is localized around the 2000-4000 meter area.

Ceilometer sites showing smoke aloft today:

Washington D.C.

Essex, MD

UMBC, MD

Update on West Coast Fires

Left: 09/22/2020 

Right: 09/08/2020

The two NOAA Aerosol Watch images show a distinct differnce in AOD levels on the West Coast. The left image shows a high level of AODs in small parts of the West Coast especially California and Oregon where as the right image shows a severe level of AODs covering all of the West Coast.

 

09/22/2020

09/10/2020

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product images above support this claim as on September 22nd there is a moderate level of smoke concentration originating in certain regions of California. However, on the 10th of September there is a heavy level of smoke concentration that is traveling Westward across the Pacific Ocean. In addition, this heavy level of smoke concentration covers the whole west coast.

 

Left: 09/22/2020

Right: 09/08/2020

Finally, the AirNow Map image above shows that currently there is only one region of the West Cost that has a Very Unhealthy AQI (Purple, 201-300) whereas on September 8th there are multiple parts that reaches a Hazardous AQI (Maroon, 301-500).

Fires from Canada Drifts Southward across United States

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke originating from Canada drifting southward in an S like manner.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs in a diagonal pattern above the United States.

The Canadian Fire Danger Map above shows an increased level of fire risk in the same areas as where the smoke is in the NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above.

The smoke from Canada had drifted above Konza Prarie, Kansas as shown by the ceilometer data above. The smoke is concentrated from the 1000-3000 meter region above the surface.

 

Increased Level of Smoke in Canada Traveling South

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke from Canada drifting downward.

The AirNow Map image above also supports this claim as the AQI within the central United States has reached a moderate level (Yellow, 51-100).

The Canada Hotspot Map shows that there are multiple hot spots in the lower central region of Canada. These hotspots could be possible areas that the smoke is originating from.

Lidar/Ceilometer data from Konza Prarie, Kansas shows that this smoke has drifted southward above Kansas. There is a smoke concentration that is contained within the 2000-3000 km range.