Tuesday, October 2, 2012

10/02/12 Wildfire Smoke Forecast 0800 PDT

10-02-12 Air Monitor Update 0800 PDT
Central Region Ecology Air Quality Report  
Chelan County:
Wenatchee- Good
Leavenworth-  Good
Chelan- Good
Okanogan County:
Omak - Good
Winthrop – Good
Twisp-   Good
Kittitas County:
Ellensburg- Good
Yakima County:
Yakima- Good
White Swan- Good
Klickitat County:
Toppenish- Good
Goldendale- Good

Eastern Region Ecology Air Quality Report
Blue Mt. Area
Clarkston  -  unhealthy for sensitive groups
Dayton  -   good
Walla Walla  -  good

Palouse Area
Pullman  -  good
Rosalia  -  good
LaCrosse  -  good
Colville  -  moderate
Wellpinit  -  good  
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- Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
Cle Elum- Good
Klickitat County:
Trout Lake- Good

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

Another very useful webpage for a grab hourly and 24 hour data, Puget Sound Clean Air and their air quality tool: http://airgraphing.pscleanair.org/
The Governor’s emergency proclamation and burn ban continues through OCTOBER 7th, 2012 at midnight: http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/news-view.asp?pressRelease=1972&newsType=1

10-02-12 Wildfire Smoke Forecast 0800 PDT
Air Quality forecast, 8AM Tuesday 2 October 2012
Issued by Ranil Dhammapala, Washington State Dept. of Ecology

A mostly green map of air quality monitors this morning, with the exception of Clarkston, Liberty and Maple Falls (all Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups), and Colville (Moderate). Clarkston and a few other sites in far eastern WA saw short term spikes last evening when the wind direction shifted from mostly east to W-SW as the front approached. Some of this smoke appears to have gotten trapped in the Lewis-Clark valley overnight but is likely to clear this afternoon. Liberty is seeing some smoke this morning.

Smoke impacts today are expected to be minimal except close to the WA wildfires. Strong winds are expected across much of eastern WA today. They will die down overnight but gradients turn easterly tomorrow and according to some models, persist through the weekend.
* a red flag warning for wildfire growth today through all of eastern WA
* the possibility of blowing dust in the Columbia Basin today
* a hard freeze or frost in the sheltered valleys of eastern WA tonight
* an air quality alert for most of the east slopes of the Cascades through Friday
* the possibility of wildfire smoke in western WA (mostly south of Seattle) on Wednesday and Thursday
* the possibility of ID/ MT wildfire smoke in eastern WA on Wed/ Thu
we have a lot to be concerned with.

The National Weather Service issued an Air Quality Alert for all of eastern Washington through noon today:

The Governor has extended the burn ban for eastern Washington until midnight on Sunday October 7, 2012.

Ecology Air Quality Monitoring Network Map: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/enviwa/Default.ltr.aspx
  - 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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