Air Quality Blog

  • NCDAQ & NWS: Collaboration for Air Awareness and Preparation
    Air Quality Forecasting As we have touched on in other posts in the past, the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ) is responsible for…
  • Seeing Through the Smoke to be Air Aware and Prepared
    Wildfires Air Quality Awareness Week begins with a look at wildfires and smoke. A wildfire is a fire that is either unplanned or out of…
  • Air Quality Updates: What to Watch for in 2022
    That feeling of spring in the air will soon be joined by powdery puffs of pollen, some sniffs of smoke, and potentially even occasional unhealthy…
  • Winter Air Quality
    Have you noticed how fine particulate readings in the morning are often higher than the afternoon during the winter months? This is often due to…
  • Air Quality Monitoring
    Earlier this month we discussed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), but how do we measure air quality to ensure our air is within…
  • AIR Tool Offers Air Quality and Weather Data, in Detail
    This post originally appeared on the State Climate Office’s Climate Blog in August 2021 coinciding with the public launch of the Ambient Information Reporter. The State Climate Office…
  • Air Quality Monitoring
    A Statewide Effort Last month we discussed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), but how do we measure air quality to ensure our air…
  • National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
    In an earlier post, we discussed the Air Quality Index and how it measures the state of the air. We mentioned that the breakpoints for…
  • Atmospheric Dispersion and Pollution Transport
    In our forecast discussion, we will occasionally mention things like “limited dispersion” or “low mixing heights” – have you ever wondered what that means? It…
  • Air Quality Alerts
    Occasionally, meteorologists at the Division of Air Quality will send out an Air Quality Alert – What does that mean? In our typical day to…
  • All About the Air Quality Index
    The Air Quality Index The Air Quality Index, or AQI, is a way to convey the state of air quality to the population. It is…
  • Ground-Level Ozone
    Tropospheric vs Stratospheric Ozone While many have heard of the ozone layer high up in the atmosphere that helps to shield the planet from solar…