Document Type

Poster Presentation

Celebration Date

Spring 4-24-2013

Abstract

Fifty-eight ozone profiles from Oklahoma State University’s Kiamichi Forestry Research Station in Idabel, OK have been collected over the last three years. This has been made possible through funding from the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. The data has provided an opportunity to see what was happening meteorologically that affected ozone concentrations. With ozone being the primary cause of short and long-term respiratory issues, the impact of weather on air quality is something that is still being researched. Ozone pre-cursor emitters such as Dallas, Oklahoma City, Longview, and Texarkana surround Idabel. Meteorological conditions such as temperature, wind speed, and direction all affect ozone transport and creation. While it is known that ozone is present in this area, it is not known how frontal passage affects ozone concentrations. Several case studies will be investigated to examine how the synoptic weather pattern and frontal passages affected the concentrations and transport of ozone at Idabel. Archived surface analyses, ozone concentration maps, and air parcel trajectories will be used in addition to the data from the ozone profiles.

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