Posted: Aug 30, 2011 12:40 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2011 12:40 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Easterly winds kept a pall of smoke from a big marsh fire over the New Orleans area for the third straight day, and the National Weather Service issued a smoke alert for
Meteorologists say the smoke could move north - mostly over Lake Pontchartrain - by afternoon or evening.
A state agriculture department helicopter flew over the fire for a survey Tuesday.
Survey results were not immediately available.
Earlier forecasts said southerly winds might sweep out the smoke on Tuesday.
Meteorologist Danielle Manning says a high pressure area stayed put, keeping the winds easterly.
She says disturbed weather over the central Caribbean could move into the Gulf of Mexico - and that likely would keep winds in the same direction, and smoke over the New Orleans area.