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!


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

High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Smoke
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA)
See “1Hr Average Surface Smoke” 

Canada's Wildfire Smoke Prediction System (FireWork)
FireWork daily model runs 
The 48-hour maps are the most informative

BlueSky Canada
Wildfire smoke Forecast

5 comments:

  1. Is the smoke just as bad at higher elevations? I have a 7-day permit to hike & camp in the Enchantments (near Leavenworth) but am hoping the smoke is not as bad at 6,000 - 7,000 feet.

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    1. I was up in the enchantments last Thursday (8/9) thru saturday (8/11) and the air quality up there was good, but you could see the haze at later elevations. Not much haze by Aasgard or in the core, more towards the snow lake TH side

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    2. Take a look at the most recent MODIS image from this morning. Hopefully this helps. https://go.nasa.gov/2vJ9B4Y

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  2. We have a family trip booked to the Chelan area in the middle of next week and have small children. Any idea of predicted air quality later next week?

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    1. Expecting pretty poor air there on account of very close proximity to some large fires, and also smoke from BC that will drift down through about Wednesday. Partial clearing possible Thursday, but forecasts that far out are uncertain. Nearby fires wont help matters. If you do go, please pay attention to some of the health resources on this blog, to safeguard your family's health

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