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.

Fire in North Washington

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in the northern Washington region.

The Canadian Hotspot map shows an increased concentration of fire hotspots in northern Washington.

The AirNow Map image above cooroborates the increased AQI in the northern region of Washington onto Idaho and Montana. The AQI in the region reaches a Moderate level (51-100, Yellow). INCIWEB reports that a fire in this region is the West Branch fire which burned 120 acres.

 

The NRL/Monterey Aerosol Page image above shows an increased concentration of smoke surface concentration in the same region as the increased AQI levels shown above. In its highest concentration the smoke surface concentration reaches between 16-32 ug/m**3.

Hurricane Zeta

The NASA Worldview image below shows a satellite image of Hurricane Zeta traveling towards southern United States.

The NOAA Huricane Center image above shows that on Thursday Hurricane Zeta had hit Lousiana in the form of a Category 2 Hurricane with sustained winds of over 80 mph. CBS News reports that Hurricane Zeta has left over 2 million people without power and at least killed one individual.

The tweet above shows satellite imagery of the Hurricane before landing on Lousiana.

The Creek Fire in California

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows an increased concentration of AODs in the central region of California.

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in the central region of California.INCIWEB reports that in this region is the Creek Fire and it has currently burned over 374 thousand acres. The fire had started on September 4th and is only 63 percent contained.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased AQI concentration in California. The AQI in central California reaches Hazardous levels (Maroon, 301-500). This increase in AQI may be due to smoke particles from the Creek Fire coming down to the surface of region around it.

East Troublesome Fire in Colorado

The NOAA Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Product image above shows an increased concentration of smoke in the northern region of Colorado.

The NOAA Aerosol Watch image above shows that there is smoke being released in a fire from northern Colorado. INCIWEB reports that in this region is the East Troublesome Fire which has burned over 188 thousand acres and is currently only 4 percent contained.

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased concentration of particulate matter in the northern region of Colorado. The AQI in this region reaches moderate level (51-100, Yellow). This increased AQI may be due to smoke particles reaching the surface of Colorado.

Increased Level of Ozone in California

The AirNow Map image above shows an increased concentration of ozone in California. This ozone is then increasing the AQI in the area as the AQI in parts of California is reaching Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups levels (101-150, Orange).

The AirnowTech graph above shows that many ozone sensors on the ground within the county of Riverside tracked ozone levels above 51 ppb which is well into the Moderate level. Riverside is one of the counties within California that showed a moderate AQI due to increased ozone concentrations.

The Copernicus Global Forecast Plot image above shows an increased concentration of NO2 on the Western Coast of the United States. Nitrous Dioxide and Ozone have similar precursors so often an increase in one often is shown in the increase of the other.