Increased Levels of Smoke in Nebraska & Unhealthy Level of Ozone in San Bernardino, California

The Hazard Map image above shows that there is an increased level of smoke concentration in the Midwest that is originating from Colorado and Central Nebraska.

The NOAA Aersol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased level of AODs in Central Nebraska.

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an Unhealthy level of Ozone (Red, 151-200) in a large portion of San Bernadino, California.

The AirNow Tech Graph above supports this claim as many of the ozone sensors in the region had a maximum reading above 86 ppb which is above the lower threshold of an unhealthy AQI within a region.

Increased Levels of Smoke in Canada & Increased Levels of Smoke in Colorado

The Hazard Map image above shows an increased concentration of smoke above Canada that is traveling westward.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as there is an increased level of smoke concentration in the same area as a heavy smoke concentration in the Hazard Map image above. In addition, there is an increase in the concentration of surface smoke traveling westward. The surface smoke concentration in its highest region reaches above 512 ug/m**3 whereas the concentration of surface smoke traveling westward reaches 4-8 ug/m**3.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows an increased concentration of smoke coming from Western Colorado (circled in red).

The Hazard Map image above supports this claim as there is an increased level of smoke originating from the same region of Colorado.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as within Colorado there are two sources of high smoke surface concentration. In the center of the source of smoke, the surface smoke concentration reaches greater than 512 ug/m**3. INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Grizzly Creek Fire and the Pine Gulch Fire. The Grizzly Peak Fire has burned over 3700 acres and the Pine Gulch Fire has burned over 51 thousand acres.

Increased Level of Ozone on East Coast & Increased Concentration of Smoke in California

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased concentration of ozone across the Eastern Shore of the United States. A large majority of the East Coast is covered in a Moderate AQI (Yellow, 51-100).

The CAMS image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of Nitrogen Dioxide in the same region as the ozone increase. Ozone and Nitrogen Dioxide have similar precursors that show an increase in one often shows the increase of the other.

The Hazard Map image above shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke in the northern region of California.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows that there is an increased concentration of AODs in the same region of California. INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Red Salmon Complex Fire that has burned over seven thousand acres and is currently 35 percent contained. The cause of the fire was due to lightning.

Increased Levels of Smoke Above Colorado & Increased Levels of Particulate Matter Above Texas

The Hazard Map image above shows an increased concentration of smoke originating from the western Colorado region.

The NOAA Aersol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs above the same region of Colorado.

INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Pine Gulch Fire which has burned over 28 thousand acres and is only 7 percent contained. The fire itself was caused by lightning.

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased level of PM 2.5 above Texas. This has made the southern region of Texas have a Moderate AQI (Yellow, 51-100).

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as there is an increased Dust Surface Concentration in the same region. This dust most likely comes from the Sahara Desert as the dust in the NRL/Monterey Aerosol image is shown to connect to the dust concentration over the Caribbean Sea. This dust often originates from the Sahara Desert. The Dust Surface Concentration above Texas reaches between 40-80 ug/m**3.

An In Depth Look into Siberian Fires

The CAMS image above shows that there is an increased concentration of Biomass-Burning Aerosols over Eastern-Russia.

The NASA Worldview image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs above Eastern Russia.

In the NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above it shows that there are multiple areas in Eastern Russia where the Surface Smoke Concentration exceeds 256 ug/m**3. CBS reported on July 21st that fires in Eastern Russia has already lead to an area the size of the country Greece being burned. Scientists attribute the burning to increased global temperatures especially close to the Arctic Region. Mongabay reports that while fires like this are common in the summer months, the number and intensity of the fires has increased this year.

A fire burning through forest in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, in July 2020. Image by Greenpeace International.

 

Smoke in Colorado & Increased Dust Concentration in the Sahara Desert

The Hazard Map image above shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke that crosses over Colorado.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there an increased concentration of AODs above Colorado. INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Pine Gulch Fire that has burned over 23 thousand acres. It is reported that this fire was started by lightning.

The NASA Worldview image above shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke above the western region of the Sahara Desert.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of Dust above the Western region of the Sahara Desert. At its max concentration, the Dust Surface Concentration in this region will reach 5120-10240 ug/m**3.

Increased Level of Ozone around Los Angeles & Tropical Storm Isaias

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased level of ozone around Los Angeles. The maximum concentration reaches an Unhealthy AQI (Red, 151-200).

The CAMS image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in the same region as the ozone concentration. Nitrogen Dioxide and Ozone have similar precursors which means that when the concentration of one of these pollutants the other goes up as well.

The MODIS image above is a picture of Tropical Storm Isaias as it travels up the east coast of the United States.

The National Hurricane Center poster above shows that Isaias has sustained winds of 70 mph and is traveling in the North-East direction.  It is predicted that once the storm leaves America it will deescalate into a tropical depression.

The National Weather Service image above shows that there is a large number of Flash Flood Warnings, Flood Warnings, and Topical Storm Warnings along the North-East region of the United States.

Apple Fire in California & Increased Level of Smoke in Canada

The Hazard Map image above shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke above southern California.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs in the same region of California.

 

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke in southern California. The maximum smoke surface concentration reaches above 512 ug/m**3 (Dark Purple). INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Apple Fire that has burned over 26 thousand acres and is only 5 percent contained.

The Hazard Map image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in Central Canada.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in central Canada. The maximum smoke surface concentration in this region reaches between 64-128 ug/m**3.

Increased Level of Particulate Matter in the South of United States & Increased Levels of Ozone in North-East of the US

The AirNow Map above shows an increase in the level of Particulate matter in the south of the United States. The AQI in this region reaches a moderate level, (Yellow, 51-100).

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as there is an increased level of Dust Surface Concentration in the same region as the AirNow Map image above. In the south of the United States, the Dust Surface Concentration reaches a level of 40-80 ug/m**3.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increase in the Ozone Concentration in the North-East region of the United States. In the Long Island region, the AQI reaches the Unhealthy level, (151-200, Red)

The CAMS image above supports this claim as there is an increase in the concentration of Nitrous Dioxide in the same region as the increase in the AirNow Map image above. Both Nitrous Dioxide and Ozone have similar precursors which means that when one is shown to increase the other pollutant is most likely seen to increase as well.

Increased Level of Smoke Around Alaska & Increased Level of Ozone in Los Angeles

The Hazard Map image above shows an increased level of smoke originating from Alaska.

The NASA Worldview image above supports the earlier claim as there is an increased level of AODs that both originate from the same region as well as takes the same formation due to wind.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above shows that there is an increased level of Smoke Surface Concentration that has its highest levels in Alaska. The Maximum smoke concentration in this region reaches 18-32 ug/m**3. INCIWEB reports that in this region is the ISOM Creek Fire which has burned over 12 thousand acres and is currently only 69 percent contained.

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased level of Ozone around the Los Angeles Area. The maximum level of ozone in this region reaches a Very Unhealthy AQI, (Purple, 201-300).

The Copernicus image above supports this claim as there is an increased level of NO2 in the same region as the increased level of ozone. NO2 and ozone have similar precursors which means an increase in one pollutant often shows a similar pattern for the appearance of the other pollutant.