Community Curiosities: Air Quality Map Mystery

As part of the weekly public affairs program In the Hive, KCPW producers are answering your burning questions about your community. Today’s question came from listener (and radio personality) “Bad” Brad Wheeler, who asked:

“Why, when I look at the purpleair.com map, does it show something different than when I look at the airnow.gov map?”

Air quality maps showing seemingly-different results for the same moment in time. On the left, airnow.gov. On the right, purpleair.com.

Take a listen for the answer. And if you’ve got a question you’d like us to tackle, email comments@kcpw.org and we’ll try our best to get it answered.

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