During the evening of 10 June 2011, severe thunderstorms formed from northern TX into IA. One remarkable aspect of this event was the visible satellite image from 0132 UTC. At the time of this image, a large plume of smoke can be seen working its way from eastern AZ across TX, OK, KS, & IA. As you can clearly see in this image, the smoke is very distinct. Another interesting part of the image is the long shadows that formed to the southeast of the severe thunderstorms.
The smoke was working its way northeastward behind a dryline that had help initiate a round of severe weather across the plains. It’s just simply one of those images that makes you look at our atmosphere with a sense of awe.