Increased Smoke Concentration in North-West United States

The Hazard Map image above shows an increased smoke concentration in the North-West region of the United States.

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

A possible explanation for the increased smoke concentration may be fires in that region. In the red circle of the National Weather Service image above, it shows that a large portion of North-West United States is covered in an Excessive Heat Warning which may provide a better breeding ground for fires in that area.

Smoke in Alaska & Increase in Ozone in East Coast

The Hazard Map image above shows that there is an increased level of smoke over Alaska.

The NASA Worldview image above supports this claim as there is an increased level of AODs above Alaska. INCIWEB reports that in that region is the ISOM Creek Fire which has burned over 12 thousand acres. The fire was reportedly started by lightning.

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased level of Ozone on the Upper East Coast region of the United States. The maximum ozone in that region reaches an AQI of an Unhealthy level (Red, 151-200).

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image supports this claim as there is an increased level of Sulfate Surface Concentration. In the North-East Region of the United States, there is a Sulfate Surface Concentration of that reaches 8-16 ug/m**3. Both Sulfate and Ozone have similar precursors that lead to their formation from sources such as Traffic pollution, Construction pollution, etc… The increase in sulfates in a region often means the increase of ozone in the same region.

Increased Levels of Ozone in Los Angeles & Hurricane Douglas

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased level of Ozone around Los Angeles. The maximum level of Ozone in that region reaches Unhealthy levels (Red, 151-200).

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this as there is an increased level of Sulfate Surface Concentration in the same region. The Surface Sulfate Concentration in the Los Angeles region is 4-8 ug/m**3. This may be due to ozone and sulfates having similar precursors that aid in their formation leading to both sulfates and ozone being found in the same regions.

The National Weather Service reports that the ocean around Hawaii has a Hurricane Warning.

The NASA Worldview shows that there is a Hurricane that is going past Hawaii.  CBS reports that it is a category 1 storm with winds sustained at 85 mph.

Smoke from West Coast Traveling Towards Canada & Smoke in the Canadian State, Manitoba

The Hazard Map image above shows an increased level of smoke that is drifting upward towards Canada.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of AODs in the same region of California. In addition, the AODs are traveling in the same direction as the Hazard Map had shown above.

The IDEA Gif above shows that wind on July 22nd carried smoke upward towards Canada.

The Hazard Map image above shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke in the Canadian state of Manitoba.

The Canadian Hotspot image above shows that in the same region there are detected fires that may be producing the smoke detected in the Hazard Map.

An In Depth Look into Fires in the Western Region of the United States

The Hazard Map image above shows that there is an increased smoke concentration of smoke in the West region of the United States.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch and NASA Worldview image above show that other satellite sources were able to recognize an increased level of AODs in the same region as the Hazard Map above.

The AirNow Map image above shows that ground particulate matter detectors were also able to detect an increase in the particulate matter as the AQI in that region shows a moderate level (Yellow, 51-100).

The National Weather Service image above shows a large portion of the area covered in an increased level of smoke also has a Red Flag Warning. A Red Flag Warning states that due to warm temperature and low humidity that area has an increased chance of fires starting and spreading. INCIWEB reports that in the smoke covered region is also the Hog Fire, Canal Fire, and the Gold Fire.

Increased Level of Ozone on East Coast & Smoke in West Coast

The AirNow Map shows that there is an increased level of ozone along the East Coast. In the Long Island region, the AQI was Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101-150, Orange).

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above shows that there was an increased level of Surface Sulfate Concentration. The red circle shows that there is an increased level of Sulfate Surface Concentration in the same Long Island region as the AirNow Map image above. Most of the East Coast is covered in a Sulfate Surface Concentration of 4-8 ug/m**3.

The Hazard Map image shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke in the Western region of the United States.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above shows that there is an increased concentration of smoke in the Western region of the United States. In Northern California, the Smoke Surface Concentration reaches greater than 512 ug/m**3.

Increased Levels Ozone in Maryland & Increased Concentration of Smoke in Central Africa

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased level of ozone in the Baltimore region.

The AirNow Tech Graph shows that in the Baltimore region there is an increased level of ozone. The graph shows that all of the sensors recorded ozone levels above 60 ppb which according to the EPA places those areas well within the Moderate level of ozone (55-70).

The NASA Worldview image above shows an increased concentration of AOD above Central Africa.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as in the Angola and DRC region there is an increased concentration of surface smoke. The max smoke surface concentration reaches above 512 ug/m**3.

 

Increased Levels of Ozone in California & Fire in California

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased level of ozone in the California region, especially close to the Fresno area. In the county of Tulare, the Ozone AQI reaches Unhealthy levels, (Red, 151-200).

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above shows that there is an increased level of Sulfate Surface Concentration. Most of California had a Sulfate Surface Concentration of 2-4 ug/m**3 (Light Blue). This may be due to ozone and sulfates having similar precursors that aid in their formation leading to both sulfates and ozone being found in the same regions.

 

The Hazard Map image above shows that there is an increased level of smoke in Central California.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows that there is an increased level of AODs in the same region with some areas reaching close to 100 ug/m**3 (Dark Red).

Fires in Western Utah and Increased Ozone in Eastern United States

The Hazard Map image above shows that there is an increase in smoke concentration in the South-West region of Utah.

The AirNow Map image above supports this claim as there is an increased AQI in the same region of Utah. The AQI in this region reaches a Moderate AQI (Yellow, 51-100). Kuer reports that there are 3 large fires in this region. There is the Big Summit Fire which has burned over 5000 acres, the Vey West Fire which has burned 2,900 acres, and the Turkey Farm Road Fire which has burned close to 12 thousand acres.

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased concentration of ozone across the Eastern half of the United States.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as there is an increased level of sulfates in the same regions as the increased level of sulfates. This may be due to ozone and sulfates having similar precursors that aid in their formation leading to both sulfates and ozone being found in the same regions.

Incresed Ozone Level in California & Fire in New Mexico

The AirNow Map image above shows that there is an increased level of ozone in the majority of the California region. Around the LA region, the ozone has an Unhealthy AQI (Red, 151-200).

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image supports this claim as in California there is an increased level of Sulfate Surface Concentration. A large region of California has a Sulfate Surface Concentration of 2-4 ug/m**3. Sulfate and Ozone often have similar precursors that help in their formation such as pollution from vehicle traffic, construction, etc…

The Hazard Map image above shows an increased concentration of smoke originating from Western New Mexico.

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol image above supports this claim as there is an increased concentration of smoke in Western New Mexico. The concentration reaches between 64-128 ug/m**3. INCIWEB reports that in this same area is the Cub Fire which burned over 23 thousand acres. The fire is only 5 percent contained with the cause being reported to be due to lightning.