Air Quality Index

Latest Air Quality Index for the Akron Region
Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:00AM
Index Value and Category 32 – Good
Primary Pollutant Ozone
Cautionary Statement None
Forecast Conditions Good for 3-24-17
Pollen Count Season starting soon!

Understanding the Air Quality Index

The air quality index (AQI) value is assigned through the measurement of five criteria pollutants: surface ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.  Each of these pollutants is assessed relative to standards set by the EPA based upon ambient air quality related to affected groups of people (0-500; 0-100 being the set AQI to meet air quality standards that meet satisfactory human health). Six divisions of the AQI were created to help the general public visualize and understand their region’s ambient air quality in relation to individual health. This is done through the use of colors and values as shown below. If interested in air quality across the United States, refer to AIRNow.

Level of Health Concern AQI Values
Good 0 to 50
Moderate 51 to 100
Unhealthy for sensitive groups 101 to 150
Unhealthy 151 to 200
Very Unhealthy 201 to 300
Hazardous 301 to 500