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Knowing the information will help me decide where/when to go, and whether I should bring some air-related equipment (mask, air purifier, etc.).

What I have unsuccessfully tried so far:

  • Wikipedia typically doesn't show the average air quality during a given month/week/day based on historical data.
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    I can't imagine how knowing average data over the last X years helps you deciding whether you need to wear a mask tomorrow. Despite your first paragraph, I find this question completely off-topic.
    – littleadv
    Commented Sep 13, 2022 at 23:55
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    @littleadv useful to decide and prepare a trip ahead of time. Eg I don't want to commit to go to some place in two months if it's known to be typically very polluted then. Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 0:19
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    I’m voting to close this question because it's not about travel.
    – Midavalo
    Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 3:28
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    @Midavalo preparing for the local conditions is an important part of traveling. Many questions have been asked in that spirit eg travel.stackexchange.com/q/61616 Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 3:43
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    The American Lung Association analyses data from official air quality monitors to compile the State of the Air report, lung.org/research/sota Its reports are searchable by state, county, and metropolitan statistical area
    – Traveller
    Commented Sep 14, 2022 at 8:42

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https://www.epa.gov/outdoor-air-quality-data/air-data-tile-plot:

Plot daily AQI values for a specific location and time period. Each square or “tile” represents one day of the year and is color-coded based on the AQI level for that day. The legend tallies the number of days in each AQI category.

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They also make all the data available as a CSV file for each year, so one can compute the daily/weekly/monthly trend by averaging over several years.


airnow.gov gives the air quality for a given day in different locations in a US state in the past. Downside: doesn't give directly a clear daily/weekly/monthly trend.

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