The NWS WSR-88D Doppler Radar at the Milwaukee/Sullivan office picked up a large smoke plume from a massive structure fire on Madison's east side, about 37 miles west of the radar. The smoke plume was roughly 3000 feet above ground level where the radar intercepted the smoke. The plume was first noted about 7:48 PM, Friday evening on August 8th, 2014. Initial reports indicate it was a large, 64 unit apartment complex under construction.
Location of the fire:
A DOT road camera image of the fire:
Here is how the smoke plume looked on our radar:
Here is a video of the smoke plume as seen from the Atmospheric Sciences Building on the UW Campus. Incredible.