Why has the air quality index in the Mail Tribune read 0 for the last few weeks? Surely Medford’s air has not been perfect for weeks.
— Diane W., Ashland
But some good news: It’s been at “good” levels since at least the beginning of the month.
The reason it hasn’t been making it into our paper, where it appears in our weather page graphic daily, is because Medford’s Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Index reporting station disappeared off the DEQ AQI website, www.deq.state.or.us/aqi, a few weeks ago, according to Accuweather, the company that sends us the data for the newspaper.
It disappeared because the machine that takes the readings had to be moved, according to DEQ officials. In addition, DEQ is in the process of launching a new website, https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map. DEQ officials say the priority was to get the new Medford site on the new website. The old AQI website we mentioned earlier will be discontinued in the next month or so.
All that to say that Accuweather will use the new site data going forward, so the actual readings should start reappearing on the weather page.
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