A CIESE Realtime Data Project

Will There Be Ozone Tomorrow? - Air Pollution: What's the Solution?

Will There Be Ozone Tomorrow?

 --> Can the formation of ground level ozone be predicted?

Student Worksheet 

In this activity, you will use real time data to predict whether there will be ozone in your area tomorrow. You will need a computer with internet access and a copy of the Student Worksheet.

PART 1: Gather the Data

  1. In the table located in the Student Worksheet, fill in the Date column, starting with the date of 2 days ago.
  2. Access the AIRNow  Air Quality Map Archive web site.
  3. In the drop down menu, select the current month, year and region. Make sure to select "Ozone Peak".
  4. Click on the image for two days ago. Enter the 8 Hour Peak data into the table on the Student Worksheet.
  5. Click on the image for yesterday. Enter the 8 Hour Peak data into the table on the Student Worksheet.
  6. Go to the blue toolbar on the top of the page. Use the drop down menu on the top left to select local air quality conditions for your state.
  7. In the table on the Student Worksheet, enter the highest level of ozone showing in your area today.

    Date 8 Hour Peak AQI Color Air Quality Maximum Temperature Wind Speed Events
    2 days ago          
    yesterday          
    today          
  8. Access the Weather Underground web site.
  9. Type in your city and state in the box at the top of the screen, and click Fast Forecast.
  10. Scroll down to the "History and Almanac" area on the left sdie of the page below Maps and Radar.
  11. Using the drop down menu, enter the date for 2 days ago.
  12. Gather the Maximum Temperature and Wind Speed data (from the table at the top of the web page) for the past two days.
  13. Enter the data into the table on the Student Worksheet.
  14. Type in your city and state in the box at the top of the screen, and click Fast Forecast.
  15. Scroll down to the Forecast area. Summarize the predicted weather information for tomorrow and enter the data in the table on the Student Worksheet.

    Date: Forecasted Weather Conditions
       

PART 2: Analyze the Data

  • Use the data you have collected to answer the questions on the Student Worksheet.
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