Saturday, September 22, 2012

9-22-12 2000 Wildfire Smoke Forecast


9/22/12 Wildfire Smoke Forecast 0800 pst


Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) Chart:


Ecology Air Quality Monitoring Network Map:

  -note, click on the dots and you can then click on View more information to find out the latest hourly values even if the dot is grey


Central Region, Ecology Air Quality Report  

               Chelan County monitor locations:

Wenatchee- “Hazardous”

Leavenworth- “Very Unhealthy”

Chelan- “Unhealthy”

               Okanogan County monitor locations:

Omak - “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”

Winthrop – “Unhealthy”

Twisp-  “Unhealthy”


               Kittitas County monitor location:

Ellensburg- “Moderate”

Yakima County monitor location:

Yakima- “Unhealthy”

White Swan- “Unhealthy”

Toppenish- “Very Unhealthy”

Naches- “Unhealthy”

               Klickitat County monitor location:

Goldendale- “Good”



Eastern Region, Ecology Air Quality Report


Blue Mountain Area

Clarkston  -  “ Very Unhealthy”
Dayton  -   “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
Walla Walla  -  “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”


Pullman  - “Unhealthy”
Rosalia  - “Moderate”
LaCrosse  -  “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”

Columbia Basin

Kennewick  -  “Moderate”
Mesa  - “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
Moses Lake  - “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
Ritzville  - “Moderate”



           Chelan County monitor location:

Wenatchee- (Confluence Park)- “Hazardous”

Cashmere- “Hazardous”

Entiat- “Hazardous”

Okanogan County* (new)

Pateros- “Hazardous

           Grant County monitor location:

Quincy- “Very Unhealthy”


          Kittitas County monitor location:

Cle Elum- “Good”











Eastern Region, Ecology Air Quality Report


                         Spokane Area
Spokane “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”
Liberty Lake- “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups



Colville  -  “Good”
Wellpinit  -  “Good”




Another very useful webpage for grab hourly and 24 hour data, Puget Sound Clean Air and their air quality tool:


Air Quality forecast, 8AM Saturday 22 September 2012
Issued by Ranil Dhammapala, Washington State Dept. of Ecology

The areas at the eastern foothills of the Cascades did see some improvement in air quality overnight, but areas like Wenatchee, Cashmere and Pateros still remain in the Hazardous category. Leavenworth, Yakima (both Unhealthy), Ellensburg (Moderate) and Cle Elum (Good) saw some clearing overnight.
There is still a red flag warning for small threat of thunderstorm activity in some of these areas during the day today. While this weather system should also help stir things up a bit and lead to a small improvement in air quality in these areas, we need to keep praying that it won’t spark off more wildfires.

Air quality in the Columbia Basin and Spokane has shown some marginal improvement over the last day, and are in the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" category. Air in these areas should improve slightly over the weekend. Pullman and Clarkston were impacted by Idaho wildfire smoke yesterday, and are currently in the "Unhealthy" and "Very Unhealthy" categories, respectively. There should be no more impacts from Idahoan smoke for now, so with some daytime clearing and a small possibility of showers on Sunday, they should see some clearing.

Western WA stayed quite clear and no air quality issues are expected over the weekend.

Some cooler temperatures are on tap for eastern WA next week and this should help reduce fire activity and lead to an improvement in air quality.

The National Weather Service issued an Air Quality Alert for much of eastern Washington:

The Governor has issued an emergency proclamation for all of eastern Washington:






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