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Agricultural Fires in Florida; Moderate AQI in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado

March 6, 2019 NOAA Hazard Mapping System Smoke Product.

NOAA’s Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product (Google Earth image above) reported the presence of several agricultural fires in Florida, with plumes moving south. Locations of fires (light yellow dots
(Fire Radiative Power (FRP) ) over-imposed in GOES-16 Geo-Color image below and AOD associated with the smoke plumes of the agricultural fires were captured by NOAA GOES-16 satellite. GOES-16 images below as courtesy of NOAA’s AEROSOL WATCH.

March 6, 2019 GOES-16 Fire Radiative Power (FRP) Product.

March 6, 2019 GOES-16 Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) Product. Locations with values near 0.5 are associated to locations where smoke was observed.

This smoke didn’t impact the air quality in Florida, as based on EPA’s Airnow Daily Average PM AQI image below. Moderate PM2.5 AQI levels were reported along the Pacific Northwest and the state of Colorado.

EPA Airnow Daily Average Particulate Matter (PM) Air Quality Index (AQI).

Smog Blog is Back Online. Good AQI in Baltimore.

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The image above has the last 18 hours of lidar observations (1064 nm Lufft CHM15k) at UMBC. Clouds advected between 7:00-12:00 UTC (2:00-7:00 AM Local Time. The mixing layer height is below 1.5 km. Wave like returns at top of mixing layer in the first 12 hours of observations suggest presence of bore/gravity waves.

Aerosol Optical Depth retrievals from sun photometer measurements (AERONET) at UMBC indicate that today fine particulate matter is present within the mixing layer.

Atmospheric Lidar Group

Research by the Atmospheric Lidar Group at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) revolves around understanding atmospheric chemistry and physics in the troposphere with laser remote sensing technology. The impact of the Mid-Atlantic meteorology on air quality, wind energy, and cal/val of satellite and numerical weather prediction models is examined with the use of active (lidar, rawinsondes, and radar) and passive (sun photometer and satellite) remote sensing techniques, and surface in-situ measurements of gases and aerosols.