Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Benjamin Schmidt and Sarah Coefield
Missoula City-County Health Department Air Quality Specialist 

Seeley Lake Air Quality Update


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The special particulate monitor is located near the baseball fields nearly 400 feet from the air monitoring station in the bottom right of the field.

SEELEY LAKE - The 2016-2017 winter has been a cold snowy affair for western Montana. Because of the colder-than-usual temperatures, people are burning more wood to heat their homes and the temperature inversions are more persistent than in recent years.

These factors have contributed to a large number of days over the particulate standard. So far this winter, the Seeley Lake air monitoring station has measured 32 days over the national ambient air quality standard for particulate matter in the air. This is considerably higher than what we've seen in the years since the 2012 woodstove chang...

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