Washington Smoke Map

*The map above is not able to display all state air quality monitors. Click here to see all monitors in Washington: WA Ecology Air Monitors

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).


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Saturday's satellite image and air quality

This is what Washington PM2.5 monitors recorded yesterday. Dots are monitor readings, shown on the same color scales as mentioned in the post below.

Western WA folks, hang in there! West to northwest winds are picking up and have already thinned out the smoke column aloft, allowing for more sunshine than yesterday. Most areas should see smoke clearing by Monday morning if not earlier, although strong overnight temperature inversions in valley communities will mean they will require more time to flush out.

Eastern Washington will continue to see smoke but likely in lower amounts. Idaho fires wont be affecting us beyond Monday afternoon.



18 comments:

  1. What type of air qualitu is expected for north Puget Sound region this upcomming week?
    (Bellingham/mount vernon area)
    Thank you

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    1. Hi, you should see mostly GOOD air quality in that area starting tomorrow. Unless the light winds forecast for Wed/ Thu turn easterly (unlikely at this point), large scale smoke intrusions are unlikely in Western WA this week.

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    2. Thanks so much for the valuable information of your blog

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  4. What are the predictions for smoke on Wednesday, August 26th? Washington State University is holding a celebration of life ceremony for their President, Dr. Elson Floyd, who passed away recently. A LARGE number of people will be traveling Tuesday night and Wedneday day/night for this service by car and plane. Your forecast can greatly help those travelers headed to Eastern Washington and Pullman!

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    1. Hi Matt, the current smoke forecast does not bode very well for Pullman on Tuesday night through Wednesday evening. From Tuesday through Wednesday, winds are likely to be light and smoke pooling in the area is not likely to disperse well. Winds turn easterly overnight Tuesday, which brings in the possibility of smoke from Idaho wildfires. There is a good chance that an air quality alert will be in effect at that time.
      If at all possible, please advise travelers to watch this blog and air quality monitors in the area. People sensitive to smoke and fine particle pollution should minimize their time outdoors, set their a/cs to recirculate mode, and wear N95 or N100 masks if needed.

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  5. Thank you for the information, Ranil - it is very helpful! - Cathy Bennett

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  6. How does the air quality look for Daroga State Park in Orondo for the upcoming weekend? Or is it too early to tell?

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    1. Too early to be sure but with so many fires in the vicinity, there will quite likely be intermittent smoke impacts at the very least.

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  7. How is air quality in omak? When will it not be hazardous for pregnant person

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    1. The colored dot on the map next to Okanogan is actually in Omak. With the large wildfires in Okanogan County, it is difficult to predict how long smoke will be impacting the area. Your health care provider should have the best guidance for how long to remain in current air quality conditions.

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  8. How will the air quality be in Electric City (Steamboat Rock) area over the next weekend?

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    1. Again, too early to be sure but with so many fires in the vicinity, there will quite likely be intermittent smoke impacts at the very least.

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  9. How would the air quality be in Lake Chelan (Manson area) this weekend? Is it too early to tell?

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  10. Manson is so close to the fires so it is unlikely to see more than a few intermittent hours of Good AQ anytime this week. Expect mostly unhealthy air.

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    1. thanks for the very helpful information.

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