07 April 1998 -- Smoke Pall Over the Gulf of Mexico

GOES-8 0.65 micron visible image

GOES-8 0.65 micron visible image

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This GOES-8 0.65 micron visible imagery shows a widespread smoke pall over the Gulf of Mexico. This pall formed as smoke plumes from biomass burning across southern Mexico and parts of Central America drifted northward and collected over a period of days. The areal extent of smoke coverage shown above is much greater compared to that observed in mid-February.

Additional GOES and AVHRR images of the fires and smoke over this region can be found at NOAA/NESDIS Operational Special Events Imagery:

AVHRR 3.8 micron IR image | GOES-8 multispectral image

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