August 1, 2017

Continued Elevated PM and Ozone

Today was a rather bad day in Air Quality news. Fires in the Pacific Northwest grow larger and are producing dense amounts of smoke as fires in Canada's British Columbia and Alberta continue to burn as seen in the HMS image below (top left). In the real time Terra satellite image below (top right) we can see a dense amount of smoke from British Columbia moving southwest into Washington and as far down as Oregon and Northern California, as dense smoke plumes indicate fires in Idaho and western Montana. In the VIIRS CONUS trajectory below (middle left), we see a projection of dense AOD moving southeast into the Northern Plains States and into the Northeast region of the nation. Projections show smoke and moderately dense AOD moving west into the Pacific Ocean. Ozone was observed throughout the day mostly concentrated on the West coast and particularly in California (AirNow, middle right). It is believed that with the dense amount of smoke, low winds and highs in the 100's (NOAA climate chart, bottom) were contributors to the elevated ozone in the region.

Posted by gaduran1 at August 1, 2017 11:26 PM
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