Air Monitoring Data & AQI

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Ozone and PM2.5 Air Quality Index (AQI) Forecast

Issued: Thursday, August 11, 2022, 2:30 PM

Thursday, widespread showers and thunderstorms will reduce ozone formation and enhance dispersion as a humid, unstable air mass lingers over the Bayou State. In addition, a trough of low pressure aloft will aid atmospheric mixing, resulting in Good AQI levels statewide. Friday and Saturday, as thunderstorm activity decreases over northern Louisiana, sunnier skies will increase ozone formation. However, a humid and unstable air mass will remain over the state. In addition, light to moderate east-northeasterly winds will aid dispersion over the northern half of the state. Farther south, widespread thunderstorms will continue to enhance mixing and limit the formation of ozone. These conditions, along with low pollutant carryover from previous days, will keep AQI levels Good across the state on both days.

Baton Rouge

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 37 - Good 35 - Good 39 - Good
PM25 38 - Good 38 - Good 42 - Good

Alexandria

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 32 - Good 38 - Good 42 - Good
PM25 42 - Good 42 - Good 38 - Good

Lake Charles

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 30 - Good 30 - Good 28 - Good
PM25 38 - Good 38 - Good 33 - Good

Lafayette

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 32 - Good 31 - Good 33 - Good
PM25 17 - Good 21 - Good 25 - Good

Monroe

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 31 - Good 37 - Good 41 - Good
PM25 38 - Good 33 - Good 29 - Good

New Orleans

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 32 - Good 31 - Good 35 - Good
PM25 33 - Good 38 - Good 38 - Good

Shreveport

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 44 - Good 46 - Good 47 - Good
PM25 46 - Good 46 - Good 42 - Good

Thibodaux

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 29 - Good 28 - Good 32 - Good
PM25 29 - Good 33 - Good 38 - Good

More Information About Understanding AQI Information

The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or unhealthy your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing unhealthy air. The following chart provides information regarding the AQI determinations:

Category AQI Value What This Means
Good 0-50 Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
Moderate 51-100 Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 101-150 Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
Unhealthy 151-200 Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
Very Unhealthy 201-300 Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
Hazardous 301-500 Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.

Any questions about interpreting this monitoring data should be directed to the DEQ Customer Services Section at 1-866-896-5337.

TO REPORT ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, INCLUDING ODORS, CONTACT THE DEQ SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT (SPOC) - 225-219-3640 or Toll Free 1-888-763-5424. In the event of an environmental emergency, citizens are encouraged to first contact their local authorities - police, sheriff, fire department, etc. Otherwise citizens and the regulated community can contact the SPOC line to report environmental concerns during business hours, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the number listed above. To report a concern outside of business hours call 225-342-1234 or the toll free number. Concerns include spills, releases, odors, fish kills, open burning, waste tires and any other types of environmental incidents. Citizens can report the incident online.

The data has not been quality reviewed or validated. Continuous PM2.5 readings shown are not NAAQS comparable.