MDE Unveils Air Quality Forecasting System

As part of Clean Air Month, MDE recently unveiled a new statewide air quality forecasting system.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has unveiled a new air quality forecasting system for the state that more than doubles the number of designated areas where forecasts and current conditions are available. New Air Monitoring Program of the Air and Radiation Administration maps can be found here. The more localized statewide maps offer more exacting forecasts of ozone and fine-particle air pollution in accordance with the state’s topography. The new 10 forecast regions in the state have year-round particle pollution forecasts and ground level ozone pollution forecasts from April through September.

According to the press release:

“These timely improvements deliver more precise and localized forecasting to benefit public health and the environment for all Marylanders,” Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles said.

Here is a full list of the the new air quality forecasting zones:

  1. Western Maryland
  2. Hagerstown
  3. Maryland Piedmont
  4. Northern Baltimore
  5. Northeast Maryland
  6. Metro Baltimore
  7. Suburban D.C.
  8. Upper Eastern Shore
  9. Lower Eastern Shore
  10. Southern Maryland 

Read the full press release.