GOES-MODIS Hybrid “White Fire” Smoke Plume Detection

A powerful mid and upper level jet racing east across New Mexico on Sunday April 3, 2011 produced widespread strong winds, blowing dust, and extreme fire danger.  The “White Fire” developed within the Ruidoso, NM area shortly around 1:30 pm when wind gusts were in excess of 40 mph and humidity values fell to 14 percent.  Shortly before the fire developed wind gusts in excess of 60 mph were reported.  The 3 images below show the progression of a smoke plume developing over the Ruidoso Downs area.  Note the location of the orange “Home” cursor in the image.  This was the spot forecast request location from the forestry division.   The MODIS image patched into the GOES imagery shows the smoke plume location with much greater accuracy.

Hybrid PG Visible  2032 UTC 04/03/11

White Fire smoke plume from GOES-MODIS hybrid valid 2032 UTC April 3, 2011

Hybrid 2032 UTC

White Fire smoke plume from MODIS-GOES hybrid valid 2045 UTC April 3, 2011

 

Hybrid 2115 UTC

White Fire smoke plume from MODIS-GOES hybrid valid 2115 UTC April 3, 2011

One thought on “GOES-MODIS Hybrid “White Fire” Smoke Plume Detection

  1. Great example, thanks.
    I saw 103F in SW Oklahoma with a 6% RH on 3 April.
    That was some kind of hot, dry airmass!

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