A look at State Level Data
The Washington Department of Ecology calculates AQI slightly differently than the EPA, with stricter standards for levels considered hazardous.
Go to the State AQI map found here: https://enviwa.ecology.wa.gov/home/map
Zoom in on the city/town. What is the color and value of the circle closest to where you live.
Is it the same value/color as what you answered in part 1?
On the top of the map, you can select values for each of 6 pollutants. What happens to some of the circles when you click PM2.5?
Note: This was a huge source of confusion during the September 2020 smoke season. Different apps used data from all monitoring stations, even if they only were measuring one pollutant. The result was that residents in some areas (e.g. Issaquah) thought they had good air quality and kept exercising outside.
Which pollutant is included on this map that’s not in the federal AQI?
Check out this site Zoom in on the city/town. What is the color and value of the circle closest to where you live.
and tell me the different between different sizes of particulate matter. What are the health consequences of breathing particulate matter?
Were you in Washington state during the September 2020 fire season? Did you feel any of these health effects?