Interactive air quality maps for California

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Air quality in the Sacramento area, as seen along the Sacramento River in 2020. As warmer weather sets in, air quality may decrease. Discover your air quality with our interactive maps from Data Herald.

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It’s warmer in California, with temperatures in Sacramento hitting the 70s and 80s this week.

According to the National Weather Service, hot weather can worsen air quality.

“The sun can cause chemical reactions in certain pollutants, leading to the development of smog,” the agency said on its website. He added that higher air temperatures increase chemical reactions in the air and, depending on wind speed, pollutants can disperse quickly or slowly.

In a recent study, the American Lung Association found the Sacramento area to be one of the most polluted cities with daily particles, ranking 7 out of 25. Fresno topped that list at number one.

See how healthy your air is with the interactive map and graph below. The data is provided by Air Now, a resource that uses the official US Air Quality Index.

The AQI breaks down air quality readings by its level of concern: good (0-50), moderate (51-100), unhealthy for sensitive groups (101-150), unhealthy (151- 200), Very Unhealthy (201-300) and Dangerous (301-superior).

The data is forecast for the coming days and updated hourly.

Air quality

This live updated map shows air quality over the most recent hour based on particulate matter (PM 2.5) and ozone combined. Sensors that only collect one type of data can diverge from nearby readings, depending on the main air pollutant of the day. Click on a sensor for more information.

Menu: NATHANIEL LEVINE | Sources: US EPA AirNow program

This story was originally published April 26, 2022 11:40 a.m.

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Hanh Truong is a service desk reporter for The Sacramento Bee. She was previously a freelance journalist, covering education and culture for PBS SoCal and music for buzzbands.la.

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