Increased Level of Ozone in Maryland & Multiple Fires in Arizona

The AirNow Map image above shows a Moderate level of Ozone in the Maryland region along the I-95 corridor. A moderate level of ozone means the area has an air quality index between 51-100 (yellow).

The AirNow Tech image above supports this claim as the ozone levels reached around 55 ppb which is a moderate level of ozone.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke originating from Arizona.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs above Arizona. INCIWEB reports a multitude of large fires that are currently burning Arizona’s forests. These fires include the Salt Fire (21,000+ acres burned, 71% contained), the Telegraph Fire, (139,000+ acres burned, 59% contained), the Mescal Fire (72,000+ acres burned, 88% contained), and the Pinnacle Fire (13,000+ acres burned). These fires have burned over 245 thousand acres of land which has lead to a massive concentration of AODs and smoke being released into the air.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as the smoke surface concentration reaches between 126-256 ug/m3 (light purple) above Arizona.

 

Johnson Fire in New Mexico & Saharan Dust Reaching West Tropics

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke above New Mexico.

The AirNow image above shows a high Air Quality index in New Mexico. The air quality in New Mexico reached Hazardous levels (301-500, Purple). INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Johnson Fire which has burned over 60,000 acres and is only 11 percent contained.

looking east at the Johnson Fire from the Mogollon-Baldy lookout

The picture above is from INCIWEB and is the Johnson Fire from the Mogollon-Baldy lookout on June 6th.

The Copernicus Global image above shows an increased concentration of AODs above the Atlantic Ocean towards the West Tropics.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as there is a increased dust surface concentration that goes from the Sahara Desert to the West Tropics. The Dust Surface Concentration in the West Tropics reaches between 160-320 ug/m*3 (Dark green).

Unhealthy Levels Ozone in Colorado & Pack Creek Fire

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image shows an increased concentration of smoke.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows a satellite image above Utah. INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Pack Creek Fire. The Pack Creek Fire has burned over 5000 acres and is only contained 6 percent.

The AirNow image above shows an increased level of ozone concentration in Colorado. The air quality near Denver, Colorado reaches Unhealthy levels, (Red, 151-200).

The AirNow Tech image above shows how multiple ceilometers in the Colorado region found ozone levels that went into Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (Orange, 101-150.)

Fires in Utah & Increased Concentration of Ozone in New Mexico

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows heavy concentrations of smoke originating from Utah.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is a high concentration of AODs above the same region of Utah. INCIWEB reports that in this region are the Bear and Bennion Creek wildfires. Together the fires have burned more than 16,000 acres of land and are each less than 15% contained.

The AirNow image above shows an increased concentration of Ozone above the North-West region of New Mexico.  The highest concentration of Ozone in New Mexico reached a level that is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101-150, Orange).

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows an increased concentration of Aerosols in the northwest region of New Mexico which supports the claim of increased ozone concentration in New Mexico.

The image above created by the National Weather Service shows that the heat in New Mexico was breaking records on June 9th. Increased heat may have helped contribute to an increased concentration of ozone in the same region of New Mexico.

Update on Arizona Fires & Dust from Sahara Traveling Across Atlantic Ocean

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product shows a heavy concentration of smoke from Arizona.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is a heavy concentration of AODs originating from the same area of Arizona. INCIWEB reports in this area are the Telegraph Fire and the Mescal Fire. Together these fires have burned over 150 thousand acres of land and are individually less than 25 percent contained.

The NASA Worldview image above shows a large concentration of dust starting to move off of the west coast of Africa to over the Atlantic Ocean.

The Copernicus Global Forecast image above supports this claim as there is a heavy concentration of Dust aerosol being seen traveling over the Atlantic Ocean towards Central America.

The NRL/Monterey Aersol image above shows that over the Atlantic Ocean, concentrations of dust can reach between 320-620 ug/m*3 (light green).

Fires in Ontario & High Levels of Ozone in New York

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a moderate amount of smoke originating from Ontario, Canada. The smoke originates from Ontario above Lake Superior.

The Canadian Fire Hotspots Map above supports this claim as there are multiple hotspots located where the sources of the smoke are.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased level of Ozone around New York. Above New York City, the Ozone AQI reaches Moderate levels (51-100, Yellow).

The CCNY Luft data from July 7th, 2021 supports this claim as there is a mixing between air 4000 meters and 2000 meters between 9:00 and 15:00 UTC which may have resulted in increased levels of ozone reaching the surface.

AirNow Tech also supports this claim as Celiometer data from July 7th shows AQI reaching above 56 during the same time span as the Luft data shown above. An AQI above 56 reaches well into the Moderate ozone levels.

Mutiple Fires in Arizona & Increased Ozone in the Northeast

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows a heavy concentration of smoke that originates from  Arizona.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs originating from the same area of Arizona from before. INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Telegraph Fire and the Mescal Fire. The two fires together have burned over 90,000 acres.

The AirNow image above shows that there is a large concentration of Ozone in the Northeast region of the United States. The concentration of Ozone spans from Minnesota to the Atlantic Coast. In addition, Air Quality off the Atlantic Coast and above Lake Michigan reaches levels unhealthy for sensitive groups (Orange, 101-150).

The Plume Labs image above shows that the air quality in New York City was at its worse on July 6th. Plume Labs reports that the AQI in the city reached 96 on June 6th at  1;47 p.m.  An AQI of 96 is well into the Moderate range as moderate is 50-100.

Multiple Fires in Mexico & High Levels of Ozone Around Michigan

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows that there are multiple sources of smoke originating from the West Coast of Northern Mexico and Southern Mexico.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol supports this claim as there is an increased smoke surface concentration along the same areas of Mexico. The max concentration of smoke reaches between 256-512 ug/m3.

The Global Fire Watch image above shows multiple hotspots across Western Coast of Northern Mexico and all around the Southern region of Mexico. These hotspots are in the same region that the smoke is located.

The AirNow image above shows that there is a moderate amount of Ozone in the Michigan area. The ozone in this area is between 51-100 (Yellow, Moderate).

The AirNow Tech image above supports this claim as many of the celiometers had an average ozone level around 60. This places the hourly ozone level of the Michigan area mid-day within the Moderate level.

High PM levels in Central Africa and Clean Air Above Baltimore Region

The AirNow image above shows a good level of Ozone and Particulate Matter above Baltimore. The lack of color above the Baltimore region shows that the Air Quality was between 0-50.

The AirNow Tech image above supports this claim as the Particulate matter levels in ceilometers was well below 50 throughout the whole day.

The Copernicus Global Forcast Image above shows that on May 30th there was a high concentration of biomass aerosols being released from Central Africa. Within the regions of Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo there is a bright red spot that shows a high level of Biomass Aersols being released.

The NRL/Monterey Aersol image above supports this claim as the smoke surface concentration reaches between 128-256 ug/m3 (light purple).

The Global Fire Watch image above shows an increased concentration of Hotspots in the Central Africa region. The increased concentration of smoke may be due to crop fires that are often started during this time. NASA reported that a similar pattern of fires was seen in 2020 and these fires are started to clear the fields before planting a new crop.

Increased Level of Particulate Matter in Central Mexico

The NASA WorldView Earth Data image above shows an increased concentration of particulate matter in Central Mexico. Within the black circle, there is a darker orange concentration of particulate matter.

The Copernicus Global Forecast Plot image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs within the center of Mexico.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above shows an increased concentration of Sulfate Concentration in the center of Mexico. The maximum concentration of sulfates reaches between 32-64 ug/m**3. Sulfates and AODs often have similar precursors so an increase in one leads to an increase in the other.