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Wildfire Smoke/Poor AQ as a weather condition (Read 70 times)

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rectumdamnnearkilledem

    Mostly kidding...but also sorta not kidding. Every Summer this seems to be a thing. I don't even live anywhere near any wildfires, but that smoke seems to like to rise straight up, fly over the great lakes, then get dumped-downwards.

    '21 Goals:

    No published goals...not going to jinx things • $500

     

    Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

    remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

         ~ Sarah Kay

      Same here. AQI 108 and a brown haze over the lake where I run, in Eastern Mass, 3,000 miles east of Oregon

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      rectumdamnnearkilledem

        Same here. AQI 108 and a brown haze over the lake where I run, in Eastern Mass, 3,000 miles east of Oregon

         

        You guys are really getting the brunt of it on the East Coast. Do you have the eerie orange light in the morning and evening, too? No blue skies, in spite of minimal clouds. It's like someone shifted the color balance of everything.

        '21 Goals:

        No published goals...not going to jinx things • $500

         

        Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

        remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

             ~ Sarah Kay

          Yup. It's been the rainiest July like ever and on one of the first real sunny days  of the month the sky is orange and smells like smoke. <this is fine gif>

          Runners run.

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          Problem Child

            It sucks. You learn to deal with it. Happens every year. Similar to snow being dangerous.

            Many of us aren't sure what the hell point you are trying to make and no matter how we guess, it always seems to be something else. Which usually means a person is doing it on purpose.

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            rectumdamnnearkilledem

              Yup. It's been the rainiest July like ever and on one of the first real sunny days  of the month the sky is orange and smells like smoke. <this is fine gif>

               

              Between weather, smoke, Gypsy moths (at least I'm no longer finishing runs covered in caterpillar shit or running through deep puddles of shit under trees)...I'm really over this year's plagues tag-teaming with Covid. Races are somewhat back, so at least 2021 has that going for it.

              '21 Goals:

              No published goals...not going to jinx things • $500

               

              Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

              remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

                   ~ Sarah Kay

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              rectumdamnnearkilledem

                It sucks. You learn to deal with it. Happens every year. Similar to snow being dangerous.

                 

                And snow is a weather condition included in our run log. Smoke has a marked effect on lung function and run quality, like humidity -- also included in the run log. It's a useful metric to track, especially as a condition that is present with increasing regularity and affecting an entire continent.

                '21 Goals:

                No published goals...not going to jinx things • $500

                 

                Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

                remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

                     ~ Sarah Kay

                dhuffman63


                Trails

                  Here in NE OK the AQ today is 127.  Sun looks weird in AM and PM drives.

                  kcam


                    Welcome to my world last year in California.  That AQI number hasn't been a problem for us ... yet.  But it will.  It was so bad last year that most people (runners) I know bought AQI meters for their houses and at least one or two air purifiers as well.  I learned all about what kind of filter was in my central air furnace/ac and it's MERV rating.  It sucked, it was a MERV1, I replaced it with 9-rated filters but only for use when the AQI number gets in the 90's or above.  Otherwise I'm running MERV 5 filters due to the reduced airflow from the 9's because my furnace/ac wasn't designed for that. I keep the furnace fan running in the background when AQI starts to get a little excessive.  Also, I like Purple Air (website name is very appropriate!) as well as Airnow.  Right now we're in the 30's for AQI.  FerFockSake, I never knew anything about this stuff before last year!

                    LedLincoln


                    not bad for mile 25

                      Weird to me that California has AQI ranging from single digits to 300+ in adjacent sensors.

                       

                      ETA: Not seeing that so much now. Maybe it was my zoom level.

                      DavePNW


                        Welcome to my world last year in California.  That AQI number hasn't been a problem for us ... yet.  But it will.  It was so bad last year that most people (runners) I know bought AQI meters for their houses and at least one or two air purifiers as well.  I learned all about what kind of filter was in my central air furnace/ac and it's MERV rating.  It sucked, it was a MERV1, I replaced it with 9-rated filters but only for use when the AQI number gets in the 90's or above.  Otherwise I'm running MERV 5 filters due to the reduced airflow from the 9's because my furnace/ac wasn't designed for that. I keep the furnace fan running in the background when AQI starts to get a little excessive.  Also, I like Purple Air (website name is very appropriate!) as well as Airnow.  Right now we're in the 30's for AQI.  FerFockSake, I never knew anything about this stuff before last year!

                         

                        Same here in the upper left. (Except for the part about AC, because not so many people have it here, which was a whole other problem a few weeks ago.) Great air so far, but I know our time will come. When it was at its worst for a week or so last year, I was certainly glued to the Purple Air & AirNow sites, and also noticed for the first time that Apple Maps has the AQI in the lower right corner with the temp. I stopped running when it went >150 - snapped my PB 250-day streak! I don't know anyone who bought AQI meters, but I know some folks who MacGyver'd air purifiers by duct-taping furnace filters to box fans.

                        Dave

                        rmcj001


                          Weird to me that California has AQI ranging from single digits to 300+ in adjacent sensors.

                           

                          ETA: Not seeing that so much now. Maybe it was my zoom level.

                           

                          Not sure which site you're using, but can say this about purpleair.  Each device has 2 sensors in it and depending on how close those to readings are they will give a reliability rating (percentage?). In addition, the number reported will be the higher of the two.  You can drill down on each sensor and actually see what the individual sensors are reporting. Like most sensors, they need periodic maintenance and not everyone knows this.  Last summer ours had one sensor reporting 400+ AQI and the other at 10.  Unplugged it and sprayed it with compressed air and everything was back to normal.

                           

                          Of, course, in the SF Bay Area we have micro climates and depending on those parameters you can get pretty divergent readings/conditions.

                           

                          Ray


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                          rectumdamnnearkilledem

                            AQI 139...dreadmill time. Running on the TM in July in Michigan just feels so wrong.

                            '21 Goals:

                            No published goals...not going to jinx things • $500

                             

                            Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

                            remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

                                 ~ Sarah Kay

                            sub520


                              Here in the Chicago area it was bad on Saturday.  The morning was very humid.  I went for my run around 8am and it was already 78 degrees, humidity made it feel like upper 80's, plus the AQI was 120.  The sky was a creamy white color.  The first post in this thread with the Fire and Smoke map is cool - I never knew so many fires were going on.