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).
Monday, September 22, 2014
Smoke forecast Monday 9/22
Pullman and Clarkston had air that was Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups during parts of the weekend. But Idaho smoke will cease hovering over far eastern Washington today as winds turn southwesterly.
...and a new one starting
Smoke from the "36 pit fire" near Mount Hood in Oregon will probably get swept up in the southwest winds and make its way over southeastern Washington over the next two days. However this front is expected to bring in some rain, so ground level smoke might not be that bad. Expect air quality to be mostly Good with a few areas in the south central part of the state seeing Moderate air.
Interestingly some smoke from the 36 pit fire drifted over western Washington on Sunday but stayed aloft. We might see some smoke from this fire hitting Western Washington during the day on Tuesday as the first of two fronts approach the state.