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By Benjamin Schmidt
Missoula City-County Health Department Air Quality 

Seeley Lake wood stoves and winter air quality


March 21, 2019

SEELEY LAKE - Recent cold snaps have been instructive about the role weather plays in Seeley Lake's winter air quality.

Since the wood stove change out program of 2012-2014, Seeley Lake winter air quality has varied with weather patterns and temperatures. Immediately following the change out program, winter air quality in Seeley Lake improved, with far fewer days exceeding the 24-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for fine particulate than was observed before the change out. However, the winter of 2016-2017 was colder than average with several high-pressure ridges and st...

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