NOAA Air Quality Maps
Does your camera prefer blue skies over gray? So does mine. I use these free forecast maps from NOAA and the National Weather Service to see how ozone or wildfire smoke will impact my travels:
- Air Quality Forecast Guidance – CONUS Area
Includes Ozone, Surface Smoke, Vertical Smoke Integration, and Surface/Column Dust Concentration
- NOAA HRRR-Smoke
Weather apps are great tools for populated places—but the best campsites and hikes are usually nowhere near weather stations—and even when one is nearby, it’s often at a vastly different elevation, making conditions difficult to predict.
Thankfully the National Weather Service provides point forecasts that are elevation-specific! Below are direct links to the forecast for several key locations: