Just as temperature is shown in different scales (Fahrenheit vs Celsius), there are two ways to read air quality data: air quality index (AQI) vs micrograms per meter cubed (µg/m3). Hourly values for PM2.5 readings are recorded in µg/m3, while the AQI is a rolling average of data from previous hours. The AQI is an index for reporting air quality, meant to help you understand what local air quality means to your health. The numeric values of the AQI should not be confused with the hourly values.
Below is a 3 day forecast based on a variety of factors: data from air quality monitors, weather forecasts, wind direction, and the likelihood of PM2.5 impacting localized areas.
Air Quality data is from monitoring stations in Fairbanks and North Pole, and may not be representative of your neighborhood. Air Quality conditions can vary dramatically from one location to another and change more rapidly than monitor data reflects. While the monitor data and forecasts provide general guidance, conditions at specific locations should be assessed on site. (i.e. if the monitors are reading good air quality but the air is hazy and you can smell smoke take appropriate actions such as limiting prolonged exertion). If you are sensitive to air pollution, or experience any respiratory problems, please follow the instructions of your physician.
PLEASE NOTE: While every effort is made to accurately forecast the Air Quality, it is just a forecast and prone to the same margin of error as a weather forecast.