Fairbanks and North Pole air pollution was worst in the nation again yesterday.
If you’re looking for Beijing-grade air pollution, save the airfare. Yesterday, you could find air nearly as dirty in North Pole, Alaska.
Nov. 20, 2013, 24-hour average PM2.5 and hourly range:
North Pole, Alaska, US – UNHEALTHY, 71 micrograms/cubic meter, range 32 to 116
>> Source: FNSB North Pole Fire Station on Alaska DEC Air Monitoring Network
How to use Alaska DEC Air Monitoring Network Real-time Monitoring
Beijing, China – UNHEALTHY, 77.6 micrograms/cubic meter, range 19 – 144
>> Source: Beijing Air Twitter Feed
Other monitors on Nov. 20, 2013:
- Watershed School, Fairbanks, US – UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS, 50 micrograms/cubic meter, range 24 to 108
- FNSB Administrative Building, Fairbanks, US – MODERATE, 35 micrograms/cubic meter, range 17 – 49
- Tulare, San Joaquin Valley, California, US – MODERATE, 28 micrograms/cubic meter, range 8 to 45 (Highest in US other than the three monitoring sites in Fairbanks North Star Borough.)
Making sense of the numbers: EPA Air Quality Index Chart, 2013