New York City recorded worst-ever air quality
Record-breaking levels of smoke from Canadian wildfires caused the worst air quality ever recorded in New York City on Wednesday, prompting landmarks to be shrouded and the skies to glow a bright orange hue. The air quality index reached 405, the highest since records began, according to an analysis of data by Fox Weather. Anything above 100 is considered unhealthy, while above 300 is “hazardous,” the index’s worst possible rating. Haziness extended as far south as Alabama, NASA reported. Hundreds of US firefighters have been dispatched to Canada, which is struggling to control 140 simultaneous wildfires, with more than 11,000 people having been displaced.
What caused the worst air quality in New York City on June 7, 2023?
The city’s air quality was severely impacted by smoke from Canadian wildfires, which caused the highest air quality index readings ever recorded in New York.
How high did the air quality index reach in New York City during the wildfire event?
The air quality index reached 405, the highest since records began.
How far south did the haziness extend?
Smoky haze was reported as far south as Alabama.
How many US firefighters were dispatched to Canada to help fight the wildfires?
Hundreds of US firefighters have been dispatched to Canada to help fight the wildfires.
How many homes were evacuated in Quebec due to the wildfires?
More than 11,000 people had to evacuate their homes in Quebec due to the wildfires.
What is causing the simultaneous wildfires in Canada?
Warm, dry conditions were expected to persist in the months ahead, leading to an unusually early and widespread wildfire season.
Record-breaking low air quality documented in New York City.
Record-breaking air quality levels in New York City have been attributed to Canada’s wildfires by FOX Weather analysis of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, with an air quality index (AQI) peak of 405 out of 500 recorded on June 9. The previous record, set in July 1981, was a score of 279. AQI scores over 300 are rated as “hazardous”. Smoke from the fires has reached as far south as Alabama, according to NASA. Smoke from the blazes has also caused landmarks across New York City to be completely shrouded.