Smoke from Mexico in Lousiana!!

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.....BIG forest fires in the Yucatan Peninsula

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
352 PM CDT WED MAY 10 2006

...SMOKE AND HAZE ACROSS THE GULF STATES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS RECEIVED SEVERAL REPORTS OF THICK
SMOKE ACROSS THE REGION. THIS SMOKE IS MIXING WITH DUST AND MARINE
LAYER HAZE TO PRODUCE REDUCED VISIBILITIES ACROSS THE AREA. THE
SMOKE...DUST AND HAZE IS BEING OBSERVED IN SLIDELL AT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AS WELL. THE SOURCE OF THIS SMOKE APPEARS TO BE
FROM A LARGE FOREST FIRE THAT IS CURRENTLY BURING OVER THE UPPER
TIP OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA AND TRAVELLING NORTH ACROSS THE GULF
OF MEXICO INTO OUR REGION. THE SMOKE IS BECOMING TRAPPED UNDER A
STRONG RIDGE OF SUBSIDENCE OVER THE AREA...THE SAME STABLE AIR
THAT IS KEEP THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPMENT AT BAY THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS
SOUTH LOUISIANA AND COASTAL MISSISSIPPI. AN APPROACHING STRONG
COLD FROM WILL DISRUPT THIS STABLE LAYER THIS EVENING AND BRING
IMPROVING VISIBILITIES FROM THE SMOKE AS THE COLUMN MIXES...BUT
WILL ALSO BRING THE THREAT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS TO THE AREA
THIS EVENING. DEPENDING ON THE DURATION OF THE FOREST FIRE IN
MEXICO...THE SMOKE MAY RETURN AT TIMES ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.
 
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