Sunday, September 30, 2012

9/30/12 Wildfire Smoke Forecast 0800 PDT

9-30-12 Air Monitor Update 0800 PDT
Central Region Ecology Air Quality Report  
Chelan County:
Wenatchee- Unhealthy for sensitive groups
Leavenworth-  Good
Chelan- Good
Okanogan County:
Omak - Good
Winthrop – Good
Twisp-   Good
Kittitas County:
Ellensburg- Good
Yakima County:
Yakima- Good
White Swan- Good
Toppenish- Klickitat County:
Goldendale- Good

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

Eastern cont., Ecology Air Quality Report
Columbia Basin
Kennewick  -  Good
Mesa  -
Moses Lake  -
Ritzville  -
Spokane Area
Spokane, -
Liberty Lake -

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.
9/30/12 Wildfire Smoke Forecast 0800 PDT
Air Quality forecast, 8AM Sunday 30 September 2012
Issued by Ranil Dhammapala, Washington State Dept. of Ecology
     A passing cold front brought smoke clearing as anticipated yesterday, and it was nice to see mostly green dots on the map of monitors after quite some time. After showing Good air for about 10 hours, Wenatchee jumped to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups within two hours this morning. Trout Lake is reporting Unhealthy air, mainly due to smoke impacts this morning. Cashmere and Entiat (currently Good) are also on the rise. Other than these monitors, Deer Park and Maple Falls (both Moderate), all other fine particle monitors in WA are reporting Good air. Ritzville, Moses Lake, Wellpinit and Colville saw some short term spikes last evening, most probably as smoke was exiting through the Columbia Basin.
     Today should see moderate winds with smoke impacts in communities near the fires. Smoke is likely to drift into the Columbia Basin, but not fill it. Expect some afternoon clearing. Areas to the east of the Basin are likely to see little or no smoke through Monday evening. A strong cold front is expected Tuesday but winds will start increasing by Monday evening and help with smoke dispersion. While precipitation appears to be confined to the North Cascades and the far NE part of the state, winds will likely kick up windblown dust in the Columbia Basin on Tuesday.
     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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