Air Quality Coordination Developments

Air Quality Coordination Developments

The NWS mission is to provide weather data, forecasts, warnings, and decision support services for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. You may be asking yourself, how does air quality fit into this mission? Scientific research has demonstrated a broad range of health effects associated with wildfire smoke. In recognition of recent research and wildfire smoke events, the NWS Missoula office has played a larger role in helping to facilitate a unified message to the public during smoke episodes. This talk will provide an overview of air quality coordination efforts from a NWS perspective, looking into the present and the future.

Furthermore, the NWS has expanded efforts to coordinate air stagnation episodes in recent years. Valley inversions, especially during the fall, impact local air quality and influence prescribed burn operations. A brief overview of the air stagnation program will be discussed.

Presenter Biographies

Alex Lukinbeal has served as a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Missoula Forecast Office since 2018. Alex worked for the National Weather Service Pueblo, CO and Salt Lake City, UT offices between 2015 and 2018. His primary area of expertise is centered around mountain meteorology, with a focus on fire weather, air quality, and winter weather. He is focused on fostering and improving government interagency relationships with the air quality community in north central Idaho and western Montana and Bitterroot and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests. In his free time, Alex enjoys skiing, backpacking, golfing, and fly fishing. Alex earned his B.S. (Atmospheric Science) from the University of Utah in 2017.


Alex Lukinbeal