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).





AIR QUALITY FORECASTING



Below are links to some of the tools professional air quality forecasters use to help predict air quality. Each product has its own strengths, weaknesses, and quirks. Users are advised that interpreting results from the models can be difficult.  Proceed with caution.


National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA)
See “1Hr Average Surface Smoke” 

Links for fire and smoke forecasting


Washington State University (WSU)
On left menu, click “Species” then “PM2.5” for forecasts of fine particles


United States Forest Service (USFS)
Find "Northwest:" Choose MAP for PNW 4km or PNW 1.33km


British Columbia Ministry of the Environment
Smoke Forecast - Western Canada



12 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I have a simple question that may be hard to answer: when can we expect to see a blue sky in Seattle/Bellevue?
    Is it late Friday?

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  2. Is there anywhere to get a smoke forecast more than 48 hours out, say like 5 - 7 days out? (I realize it would be less accurate than the 48-hour smoke forecast or the 5 or 7-day weather forecast, but it could be better than nothing.) Thank you.

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  3. Our longest range smoke forecast is BlueSky CONUS 12km. It goes out 84 hours from a starting time of 00Z or 12Z. You can access it here: https://www.airfire.org/data/bluesky-daily/

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  4. I learned something new. There is also a BlueSky model run that goes out 192 hours using the National Weather Service, GFS model. It's on the same page as the link above but all the way at the bottom. Look under North America. And of course meteorological predictions get very uncertain the farther out you go. As do the fire/emissions estimates.

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    1. Do you know how much longer, let alone why it don't smell like smoke, but dirt???

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    2. For the latest smoke forecast, please go the the Home tab above. There will be a smoke forecast about every other day, sometimes each day. This rate of posting is subject to change.

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  5. FYI Camano Island a lot of smoke past two days.

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  6. How do we help communities suffering from the worst of the fires? Can you post links??

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    2. There are links to air quality forecast models just above- if that's what you're asking about?

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  7. The air quality is worse at altatude. Here in naches it's pea soup. Need a window that works. How much longer

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    1. Hang in there Richard, some limited relief is coming tomorrow and Saturday. Its just too close to the Norse Peak fire to improve hugely. Models have the winds switching to the west by Friday and that will stop Montana smoke from hitting you. But it will also place you downwind of the NP fire, sadly. The Hazardous air will "improve" as far as Unhealthy.

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