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Air Quality Forecasting

Current estimated air quality index and forecasts by region

Forecast discussion

Wind speeds stay solid over the weekend ahead of a stronger system which is expected to move in on Sunday. Rain is likely Sunday night, eventually tapering off and possibly mixing with snow towards Monday morning. Monday does not look pleasant as lake effect snow showers are forecasted in addition to very blustery west winds gusting as high as 35 to 40 mph at times. Temperatures will also be falling throughout the day, reaching the low to mid 30s by the afternoon.

Northern Indiana

December 3-6, 2021: PM2.5 and Ozone forecast is Good

Central Indiana

December 3-6, 2021: PM2.5 and Ozone forecast is Good

Southern Indiana

December 3, 2021: PM2.5 and Ozone forecast is Good
December 4, 2021: PM2.5 forecast is Moderate and Ozone forecast is Good
December 5-6, 2021: PM2.5 and Ozone forecast is Good

Region Current conditions
as of January 20, 2022 7:10 pm EST
Forecast for January 20, 2022
Estimated Air Quality Index Primary
Forecast Primary
Bloomington Good - 28 PM2.5 (Lcl) No Forecast
Louisville Good - 43 PM2.5 (Lcl) No Forecast
Michigan City Not available No Forecast
South Bend Good - 17 PM2.5 (Lcl) No Forecast
Terre Haute Good - 19 PM2.5 (Lcl) No Forecast
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Moderate - 71 PM2.5 (Lcl) No Forecast
Evansville-Henderson Good - 33 PM2.5 (Lcl) No Forecast
Fort Wayne Good - 18 PM2.5 (Lcl) No Forecast
Gary Moderate - 54 PM10 (Std) No Forecast
Lafayette Good - 23 PM2.5 (Lcl) No Forecast

Air Quality Index

About Air Quality

IDEM monitors level of ozone and particle pollution from stations around Indiana. Both of these are pollutants that, at high levels, may raise health concerns in some people.

Ground-level ozone is the main ingredient in smog. It is a colorless gas formed by the reaction of sunlight with vehicle emissions, gasoline fumes, solvent vapors, and power plant and industrial emissions. Ozone formation is most likely in hot, dry weather when the air is fairly still.

Particle pollution monitoring is now available on the web for select areas in Indiana. Particle pollution is made up of particles found in soot, dust, smoke, and fumes. The burning of coal, oil, diesel, and other fuels produces these particles. The particles are small enough to enter deep into the lungs and cause health problems.

Ozone and particle pollution have been linked to short-term health concerns, particularly among children, asthmatics, people with heart or lung disease, and older adults. The effects of these pollutants can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise when levels are high. You can use the forecast for the following day to plan your activities during the summer months. More information on the health effects of air pollutants is available from AirNow.

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PLEASE NOTE: This data has not been verified by the IDEM and may change. This is the most current data, but it is not official until it has been certified by our technical staff. Data is collected from IDEM ambient monitoring sites and may include data collected by other outside agencies. This data is updated hourly. All times shown are in local standard time unless otherwise indicated.