Smoke and air quality maps for September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020 | 7 a.m. PDT

Forecast for vertically integrated smoke
Forecast map for vertically integrated smoke at 1 p.m. MDT Sept. 17, 2020

Near-surface smoke refers to the smoke that will hover within 8 meters (26 feet) of the ground—the kind responsible for burning eyes and aggravated asthma.

Vertically integrated smoke depicts all of the smoke in a vertical column, including smoke high in Earth’s atmosphere and can produce red sunrises and sunsets. In some cases where it is only at high altitudes it may not be very noticeable on the ground.

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Forecast for near-surface smoke
Forecast map for near-surface smoke at 1 p.m. MDT Sept. 17, 2020
Forecast for near-surface smoke
Forecast map for near-surface smoke at 10 p.m. MDT Sept. 17, 2020.
Air quality map 7:30 a.m. MDT September 17, 2020
Air quality map at 7:30 a.m. MDT September 17, 2020. AirNow.
Air quality west coast
Air quality map at 7:30 a.m. MDT September 17, 2020. AirNow.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

4 thoughts on “Smoke and air quality maps for September 17, 2020”

  1. I doubt any industry profits more from the Trump administration’s loosening of environmental protections than the U.S. fossil fuel industry, which contributes to global warming, stronger hurricanes and a drier, more fire-susceptible climate. With the unprecedented burning of west coast forestry and off-the-chart poor-air advisories, I wonder how many fossil fuel industry CEOs and/or their young families may also be caught in harm’s way. Assuming the CEOs are not sufficiently foolish to believe their descendants will somehow always evade the health repercussions related to their industry’s environmentally reckless decisions, I wonder whether the profit objective of a CEO’s job-description nature is somehow irresistible to him or her? I can recall the allegorical fox stung by the instinct-abiding scorpion while ferrying it across the river, leaving both to drown.

    1. Hello Frank,
      I am in Victoria B.C. Canada where. the smoke is thick and I am mostly confined to my home. I am looking at the maps every day and it looks disastrous with winds being sucked into the firestorm as I write this.
      We can’t even head for the hills as the old school saying goes. Or jump in a lake or head out to sea.
      I am so surprised to see your short essay here and wonder if you would mind if I copy it to a blog post I will write eventually for our hemp clothing store, Hemp & Company. Well written. Thank you.

  2. I had no idea how bad the wildfire problem is.I live in the kc area and I am seeing the red sunrises around here.Some times the sky around here has a grayish tint.This is a very problem with no end in site.I am praying to god to help with this.I would like to do a shoutout to the folks from canada down here to help out.Greatfull for the job there are doing.Dave

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