Real-time Dayboro Air quality


AQI (air quality index) is Good (4.8)

 

This time of year (July, Aug and Sept) are ideal conditions to do hazard reduction burns. Dayboro, apart from being the last bit of paradise, is surrounded with scrubland, hard to access areas and bush. It is the stuff we like and the reason why we moved out here.  Hazard Reduction burns are in most cases the only option to control the undergrowth and to ensure the safety of those who live close to the bush.

What are Hazar Reduction Burns?

Exactly that, the local rural fire brigade will perform inspections and Fuel Load calculations around the area, based upon that they will assess the need for Hazard Reduction burns. The term prescribed burn or cool burn is often used indiscreetly referring to hazard reduction.

The objective of these burns is to reduce the fuel load on the ground, doing these types of burns will reduce the danger for a very very big fire. I was fortunate enough to be part of a specialised firefighting team (RAFT) that would tackle fires in remote areas. These fires often got out of control and caused serious harm to life and properties, simply because property owners did not clean up their properties.

Have a look at the movie called “Only the Brave“, it is based upon a real story. Don’t be fooled that this can only happen in the USA. It happened in the Blue Mountains, my team was there pulling the guys bodies out (after the event). For that reason, I am not too worried about the Real-time Dayboro Air quality and Air Quality in general, but I provide a means for Real-time Dayboro Air Quality anyway.

So now we got that out of the way, and we all agree not to complain and cry too much about the smoke. It is time to move on and look at what it all means. Off to wiki we go.

Air Quality Index (AQI) in our town.

Wikipedia has the answers to most of the way it is calculated, below is a table I got from Wiki.

Dayboro Air Pollution Levels

Source: WikiPedia

How is the real-time dayboro air quality calculated?

First it is not something I do, I just grab the information from the PurpleAir sensor, this sensor has a particle calculator. But let’s take a step back. Before gadgets like Purple Air became available to the wider community I used a DC1100. The DC1100 has been around for years, the problem was to get the data from it, without sitting infront of it. To provide the real-time dayboro air quality I had to build an interface and write some scripts. This worked for a while, as will all things new stuff comes out.

The PurpleAir, is a fantastic unit, still it has its limitations, but with the help from a lot of people scripts and interfaces are build. Using the PurpleAir, with its new generation of laser particle counter, it provides a better real-time dayboro air quality counter than the DC1100. The DC1100 had a 15min delay.

I now provide real time measurement of (amongst other data), PM1.0, PM2.5 and PM10. The problem with the PurpleAir is that it uses WiFi. And WIFI is DANGEROUS, not only health wise but also security wise. It will be replaced soon with something even more special.

 

Real-time Dayboro Air quality sensor on my verandah
Real-time Dayboro Air quality sensor on my verandah.

 

How does it work?

Due to the Purple Air unit, the calculation of the real-time dayboro air quality has become exceptional easy, these are the steps.

  1. The Air sensor captures PM1.0, PM2.5 and PM10 every second.
  2. These values are averaged and uploaded to the Cloud every 80 Seconds, and every 60 Seconds to my server here in Dayboro.
  3. I use the data to create a graph, the graph is created every 60 seconds.
  4. The graph is uploaded to this website
  5. It is all for you to see.

Simple 🙂

 

 

 

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Real-time Dayboro Air Quality
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This time of year (July, Aug and Sept) are ideal conditions to do hazard reduction burns. Dayboro, apart from being the last bit of paradise, is surrounded with scrubland, hard to access areas and bush. It is the stuff we like and the reason why we moved out here. Hazard Reduction burns are in most cases the only option to control the undergrowth and to ensure the safety of those who live close to the bush.
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