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Note: Some users might notice intermittent discrepancies in colors shown on the map of air quality monitors above, and those reported on the Department of Ecology's official page. This is because Ecology believes their method of calculating the air quality category (i.e. “Good”, “Moderate”, Unhealthy” etc) is more protective of public health in Washington. If in doubt as to which better represents public health risk, use the more stringent of the two (i.e. the map showing worse air quality).


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

8-12-14 Air Quality Report

Smoke Synopsis:
Stagnant conditions of recent days are a little less prominent today as a weather system off the Oregon coast was spinning moisture and greater instability across eastern Washington on Monday night and Tuesday.  The atmosphere will become very unstable Tuesday afternoon and night with the possibility for lightning, heavy showers, and gusty outflow winds from thunderstorms.  Wednesday will be slightly cooler with more cloud cover, but it will still be fairly warm and humid and another round of strong thunderstorms are possible Wednesday afternoon and night. Yesterday saw some of the worst air quality over the region in several weeks.  Smoke dispersion will improve a little today and Wednesday, but overall air quality improvement this week is expected to be gradual in most locations. 

Smoke from fires outside the state may occasionally impact cities close to state borders, to varying extents. Western Washington mostly remained smoke free until plumes from eastern Washington drifted over the Cascades yesterday. Areas along the Puget Sound corridor might continue to see smoke over the next few days, mostly from local wildfires.
Air Quality Outlook:
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Tuesday
August 12, 2014

Wednesday
August 13, 2014

Thursday
August 14, 2014

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Colville
USG
USG
USG

Wellpinit
USG
USG
USG

Omak
Very Unhealthy
Very Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Malott
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Brewster
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Winthrop
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Twisp
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Chelan
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Entiat
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Plain
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Leavenworth
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Wenatchee
USG
USG
USG

Ellensburg
Unhealthy
Unhealthy
Unhealthy

Yakima
Moderate
Moderate
Moderate

NOTE – in table above “USG” stands for “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
For detailed information about the color coded air quality categories, please see:
Warning: These data have been obtained from automated instruments and have not been subjected to a quality assurance review to determine their accuracy. They are presented for public awareness and should not be considered final. Conditions such as power outages and equipment malfunctions can produce invalid data.

1 Since wildfires often occur in remote areas, air monitoring equipment may not be available. The following table provides a quick method to assess air quality in your area. For more detailed information you can go to the following site: http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/burning/wildfires/visibility.htm

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