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    Air quality site

    Northern CA is not a fun place to live right now with the fires in Redding, in Mendocino County, in Oregon, etc...
    Today was orange with smoke and I could barely see ridgelines a couple miles away.

    Nowhere near as bad as other places though. I feel for them.

    Not to mention the MASSIVE fires in western Canada right now that aren't making the news, sending smoke down the CA coast.

    When this happened last year I was trying to find air quality info and sites and found this place:

    https://www.purpleair.com/map#1/22.9/-30

    Not a news or weather site. Company sells laser air particulate sensors that are plug and play with wifi.

    Sends the info every minute or so and the results are shown on a google maps-looking display.

    Green is good>yellow>orange>red>purple is very bad. A sensor north of me 20 minutes typically reads 4 and is 110 right now.

    Tempted to buy one but at $220 or so too pricey right now.

    Hoping anyone on the west coast might find this useful.

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    ~70 right now near Jax, FL, higher than usual. Interesting site, I had never seen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post
    ~70 right now near Jax, FL, higher than usual. Interesting site, I had never seen it.
    I think east coast tends to be more industrial/smog.

    It's a very cool concept, I keep seeing new sensors pop up occasionally in my area.

    Most are private but some are businesses.

    I like it because you can read the news, but this site gives very specific sensor by sensor readings.

    Another neat one is the NASA Worldview site: https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/

    You can add layers like thermal anomalies/fire and see what the hell is going on.

    For example, add the fire layer and look at western Canada. Holy sh*t.

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