Smoky Skies on the South Coast

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Update by the edhat staff

Weather conditions are pushing wildfire smoke into the South Coast impacting the air quality.

There are no active fires within the local area.

The National Weather Service provides Geocolor Satellite imagery that shows the current status of wildfire smoke with a thick plume flowing over Santa Barbara County and the South Coast.

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) reports a yellow/moderate air quality forecast for this weekend due to wildfire smoke. 

"While the smoke is responsible for causing hazy visual conditions, it is expected to remain high aloft & not create significant ground-level impacts," the APCD states.


Reported by edhat readers

  • This morning there was a yellowish/orange tinge in the air, similar to when we've had smoke. Is the air quality bad today with smoke from any of the fires? It looks like it outside. If the air is smoky, which fire is causing it and why haven't they issued an air quality warning?

  • The fog behaves like fire fog and the light is all weird but it doesn’t smell smokey; what is causing it? 

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a-1632546324 Sep 24, 2021 10:05 PM
Smoky Skies on the South Coast

Much appreciated, Edhat. Thanks for doing my search for me, and thanks to the questioners.

ginger1 Sep 24, 2021 11:14 PM
Smoky Skies on the South Coast

AirNow app with data from SB APCD disagrees. It shows today's air quality as "good" with AQI of 30-45 (currently 45 PM2.5, 19 PM10 Ozone 18) and Saturday/Sunday forecast for "good." I guess it is possible that at nose level those numbers are true, but clearly (or not so clearly) the air is loaded with particulates higher up.

EastBeach Sep 25, 2021 01:49 AM
Smoky Skies on the South Coast

Smoke is from the Windy Fire and KNP Complex Fire both burning in Sequoia National Park. You can see imagery from the GOES-West satellite updated every 10 minutes @link below. Images are from a multispectral camera (visible and infrared bands). You pick which band(s) to see .... https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/goes/sector.php?sat=G17&sector=wus

EastBeach Sep 25, 2021 11:43 AM
Smoky Skies on the South Coast

GeoColor works well to see daytime smoke. Click on "Animation Loop" then use the controls at the top of the page. Change "Loop" from default the 24 to 240 frames per loop. Click +/- to change the animation speed. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, there's a description of how to interpret the colors. You can also download an animation to share with others.

John Wiley Sep 25, 2021 01:21 PM
Smoky Skies on the South Coast

NOAA has another site I like for flight planning, because it has options to show the satellite fire detections, smoke near the ground surface (more likely to correlate with AQI), and all smoke from ground to space. https://hwp-viz.gsd.esrl.noaa.gov/smoke/

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