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Ambient Air Monitoring Program

The Ambient Air Monitoring Program measures ground-level concentrations of criteria pollutants and air toxics, along with surface and aloft meteorological parameters. The Program also performs quality control, quality assurance, and analysis of the pollutant concentrations that are measured at each of the air monitoring stations located throughout Maryland. It is responsible for Air Quality Index (AQI) reporting and issuing daily air quality forecasts as well as coordination of 3D air-shed photochemical grid and dispersion modeling.

In addition, the Program collaborates with local universities to conduct special atmospheric monitoring research to better characterize aloft and surface atmospheric pollutant concentrations. These research initiatives support air quality planning and regulations development.

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Air Quality Forecast Discussion:

A series of cold fronts move through the Mid-Atlantic on Friday and Saturday. Rain showers are likely on Friday with a continued rain chance into Saturday morning. These conditions and breezy winds both days will keep the air quality in the Good range. On Sunday, a broad high pressure system will cause northerly winds and clouds increase as the day progresses due to an approaching low pressure system. Another Good AQI day is expected on Sunday. - MDE

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If you have any questions, please contact Janice Lafon at 410-537-3280 or e-mail at janice.lafon@maryland.gov so that she may direct your inquiry.