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Ozone Standard Exceedances in National Parks

Map of 2011 Ozone Exceedances (Click photo to enlarge)

The National Park Service (NPS) actively monitors ozone at its parks from April to October. Ozone measurements are compared with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets this standard as the level at which the ozone in the air becomes unhealthy.

The NPS tracks the days when the standard is exceeded in the parks. The table below displays the parks and the ozone values along with the number of days when the daily maximum 8-hour average ozone concentration exceeded the standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb). The fourth highest ozone column has been color-coded for easier viewing. The thumbnail on the right links to a map of parks with 2011 ozone exceedances.

2011 Ozone Standard Exceedances

National Park April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. 2011 Season
Total Count Max 8-hr O3 (ppb) 4th highest max.
8-hr O3 (ppb)
Acadia– Cadillac Mountain 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 92 74
Big Bend– K-Bar Ranch Road 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 7 86 80
Carlsbad Caverns– Maintenance Area 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 76 70
Chamizal– State Monitor 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 82 70
Chiricahua– Entrance Station 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 76 75
Cowpens– State Monitor 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 77 71
Death Valley– Park Village 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 79 75
Grand Canyon– The Abyss 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 78 74
Great Smoky Mountains– Cades Cove 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 98 68
Great Smoky Mountains– Clingman's Dome 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 4 86 79
Great Smoky Mountains– Cove Mountain 0 0 6 1 0 1 0 8 86 78
Great Smoky Mountains– Look Rock 0 0 5 3 3 1 0 12 87 83
Great Smoky Mountains– Purchase Knob 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 77 67
Joshua Tree– Black Rock 3 8 12 12 14 6 1 56 104 91
Joshua Tree– Cottonwood Canyon 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 5 78 76
Joshua Tree– Pinto Wells 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 78 76
Kings Mountain– Brown's Mountain 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 88 74
Little River Canyon– Canyon High 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 81 66
Mammoth Cave– Houchin Meadow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 73 71
Mesa Verde– Resource Management Area 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 78 70
Mojave– Kelso Mountains 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 6 80 78
Pinnacles– SW of East Entrance Stn. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 73 69
Rocky Mountain– Long's Peak 0 2 2 3 1 0 0 8 80 77
Saguaro– Pima County 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 80 75
Sequoia and Kings Canyon– Ash Mountain 0 2 15 22 29 19 0 87 103 98
Sequoia and Kings Canyon– Lower Kaweah 0 0 7 10 10 4 0 31 84 81
Shenendoah– Big Meadows 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 76 72
Yosemite– Mobile 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 79 72
Yosemite– Turtleback Dome 0 0 2 2 1 3 0 8 84 79

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Annual Exceedance Summaries

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2003 (pdf, 137 KB) | 2002 (pdf, 146 KB) | 2001 (pdf, 136 KB) | 2000 (pdf, 133 KB)


Compiled Exceedance Summaries


Last Updated: October 23, 2013