Sunday, June 12, 2011

June 12

Air Quality Alert for Sunday. Please read the Air Quality Alert that includes SW New Mexico.

Due to smoke from the Horseshoe 2 Fire it is expected that the air quality in southwest NM will be in the unhealthy for sensitive groups range (orange AQI) over the next two days. People living close to the Horseshoe2 fire in Hidalgo, Grant and Luna Counties should be take note of this alert.
Visibility has decreased today from the wildfire smoke. This photo was snapped at 7:50am looking east toward the Organ Mtns.
Forecasts for trajectories coming from the Horseshoe2 and Mexican wildfires today. Trajectory colors are 500 (green), 1500 (blue), and 4000 (red) meters above the ground. The trajectories start at 15 UTC (9 am MDT) and are shown every 3 hours till tomorrow morning at 6 am. Fire locations are from the NOAA HMS product at 11 am today.
On campus we saw a spike in PM2.5 starting early this morning with a peak around 8:30am.
Below is a timelapse of this morning from NMSU looking west showing our haze from the wildfire.

At 2 pm MODIS aboard Aqua captured this nice image of the Horseshoe2 and Mexican Fire smoke plumes (from NASA Rapid Response).
The NOAA GASP aerosol optical depth product shows us a clear picture of the regional aerosol column loading just before 6 pm today.

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