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Thursday, September 1, 2016
09/01/2016 Idaho DEQ Smoke Forecast
Updated 8am MDT Thursday, September 1, 2016
Valid through Noon MDT Friday, September 2, 2016
Air quality is forecast to continue to remain in the Good to Moderate air quality category across the state today. Current elevated DEQ monitors include Pocatello, Lewiston and St. Maries which are reading in the Moderate Category. Franklin is currently reading in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Category. Lowman was in the Unhealthy Category for yesterday’s 24 hour AQI, Garden Valley was reading in the Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups Category for the 24 hour AQI yesterday, and Stanley and Garden City were in the Moderate Category on a 24 hour AQI reading. Continue to expect higher readings and impacts in the morning before clearing after 1pm.
The upper level low pressure system will drop over Vancouver Island today. This will provide for a slight chance of showers over the Eastern and Southeast Highlands today and account for strong, afternoon winds across much of Idaho. We should see increased cloud cover over the Central Idaho Mountains and Snake River Plain and slightly cooler temperatures. For today, surface wind speeds will range from 5-20 mph with higher speeds across the Central Idaho Mountains and eastern Idaho. Gusts at the surface will reach up to 30 mph across the Upper Snake River Plain and the Central Idaho Mountains. Surface wind direction will be from southwest with locally northwest winds within the Treasure Valley and western Magic Valley. Expect northwest to southwest winds across northern Idaho. Mixing heights will range from 2,000-10,000 feet AGL. Transport wind speed will be between 10-25 mph and be from the southwest with locally northwest winds over the Treasure Valley, western Magic Valley, and the Clearwater drainages of central Idaho. Ventilation is forecast to be POOR in the morning and GOOD in the afternoon with locally MARGINAL ventilation across much of southwest Idaho. Inversions are expected to break between 10am-12noon.
View DEQ near-real time monitoring at: http://airquality.deq.idaho.gov/
The USFS installed monitors near Stanley, Idaho, Garden Valley, Idaho and Lowman, Idaho. Idaho DEQ has installed temporary monitors in Fairfield and Boise (Garden City), Idaho. The information can be found at http://smoke.airfire.org/monitoringReport/#/?date=LATEST&productType=plotTable.