Air Pollution in the United States: Predicting the Duration of Poor Air Quality

By: Dan Cooper

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Terrible Air Quality in the Northeastern US Due to Canadian Wildfires

Various states in the US have issued alerts for terrible air quality in recent days, especially in the northeastern part of the country. The smoke is derived from wildfires in Canada that have been drifting across the border into the United States since late May. Currently, the most affected states are New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC.

Air Quality Index Hits Record High

Although the worst day for the Air Quality Index (AQI) was yesterday, with New York City exceeding 300 units, the air quality in the last few hours has been improving. However, levels remain high in some states.

How Long Will Poor Air Quality Last?

According to a projection model conducted by NASA, poor air quality in affected states will last for at least a few more days, suggesting a weekend with high levels of pollution. Dr. Adrian Pristas, a pulmonologist at Hackensack Meridian Bayshore Medical Center, also told CNBC that poor air quality could last up to a week. However, everything will depend on the way in which the phenomenon continues to develop in Canada.

Fire and Smoke Map

Some areas of the American Union are experiencing their worst air quality in years. Check the Fire & Smoke map to see the current air quality monitoring for June 8 and all the affected states.

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