Saturday, September 29, 2012

9/29/12 Wildfire Smoke Forecast 0800 PDT

9-29-12 Air Monitor Update 0800 PDT
Central Region Ecology Air Quality Report  
Chelan County:
Wenatchee- Very unhealthy  
Leavenworth- Unhealthy for sensitive groups
Chelan- Unhealthy
Okanogan County:
Omak - Unhealthy for sensitive groups
Winthrop – Moderate
Twisp-  Moderate
Kittitas County:
Ellensburg- Good
Yakima County:
Yakima- Unhealthy for sensitive groups
White Swan- Moderate
Toppenish- Unhealthy for sensitive groups
Klickitat County:
Goldendale- Moderate

Eastern Region Ecology Air Quality Report
Blue Mt. Area
Clarkston  -  Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Dayton  -   Good
Walla Walla  - 
Palouse Area
Pullman  - 
Rosalia  -  Moderate
LaCrosse  -  Moderate
Colville  - 
Wellpinit  - 
Central Washington Air Quality Report from Forest Service Temporary Monitor Locations
Chelan County:
Wenatchee(Confluence Park)- Hazardous
Cashmere- Very Unhealthy
Entiat- Hazardous
Okanogan County:
Pateros- Unhealthy
Grant County:
Quincy-  Unhealthy
Kittitas County:
Liberty off line
Cle Elum- Good
Klickitat County
Trout Lake- Unhealthy

Eastern cont., Ecology Air Quality Report
Columbia Basin
Kennewick  -  Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Mesa  - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 
Moses Lake  - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Ritzville  - Moderate 
Spokane Area
Spokane, - Unhealthy for Sensitive groups
Liberty Lake - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

Another very useful webpage for a grab hourly and 24 hour data, Puget Sound Clean Air and their air quality tool:
Remember the Eastern Washington Burn Ban remains effective through Sunday, September, 30, 2012.
9/29/12 Wildfire Smoke Forecast 0800 PDT
Air Quality forecast, 8AM Saturday 29 September 2012
Issued by Ranil Dhammapala, Washington State Dept. of Ecology

     Other than Wenatchee (Very unhealthy) and Chelan (Unhealthy), other monitors at the Cascade foothills and Columbia Basin are reporting a mix of Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, Moderate and Good. Several of the USFS temporary monitors have incomplete data this morning, so the WAQA categories are not current. At midnight, air in Cashmere was Very Unhealthy, while Entiat and the USFS Fire camp at Wenatchee Confluence Park was reporting Hazardous air. Other nearby monitors have shown a decline in more recent hours, so it is possible these areas are no longer experiencing Hazardous air. 
Pateros, Quincy and Trout Lake saw Unhealthy air at midnight, while Cle Elum reported Good air. 
     Most of western WA except the Olympic Peninsula saw a little smoke and haze yesterday but the front that moved in last evening has returned air quality at all but two monitors to Good. Most monitors at the Cascade foothills have shown a downward trend over the last few hours in response to this front. Expect clearing to continue through Saturday evening and bring some relief to the smoke impacted communities of the Cascade foothills today. However the smoke will blow through the Columbia Basin while dispersing. Winds die down tonight and become more terrain-driven on Sunday and Monday, meaning nighttime and morning smoke in several areas with daytime clearing. 
     No easterly winds are expected, so there is no threat of Idaho wildfire smoke over the next few days, nor is smoke likely to move into western WA. A strong cold front is expected to move through eastern WA around Tuesday but doesn’t appear to contain a huge amount of precipitation.
The National Weather Service issued an Air Quality Alert for all of eastern Washington:
     The Governor has extended a burn ban on all outdoor burning in eastern Washington through midnight Sunday.
Ecology Air Quality Monitoring Network Map:
  - when browsing the monitoring web page, 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

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