|Source: Utah Division of Air Quality|
Watching the evolution of this event from the Avenues reminds me that having data from only one site in all of Salt Lake and Davis Counties is unacceptable. For comparison, the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency provides hourly real-time data from 15 sites. We should at minimum have coverage on the benches where people often assume the air is cleaner. Although this is sometimes the case, it's not always a good assumption.
If you are wondering how the air can be so bad during these inversions, you might have a look at a post we did last year entitled "Your Box of Air During Inversions." Each of us gets a cube of air about 75 yards on a side. That's it. Plus, an article in the Salt Lake Tribune today states that the state added another 46,000 residents last year, so the cube continues to shrink.