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Trends in Ozone Adjusted for Weather Conditions

Variations in weather conditions play an important role in determining ozone levels. Ozone is more readily formed on warm, sunny days when the air is stagnant. Conversely, ozone production is more limited when it is cloudy, cool, rainy, and windy.  EPA uses a statistical model to account for the weather-related variability of seasonal ozone concentrations to provide a more accurate assessment of the underlying trend in the precursor emissions that cause ozone. More Information

Graph showing seasonal average ozone air quality, 2000 - 2012, for 112 urban sites, unadjusted and adjusted for weather

National Trends in Ozone Levels
Regional Trends in Ozone Levels
Local Trends in Ozone Levels

National Trends in Ozone Levels

Using a nationwide network of monitoring sites, EPA has developed ambient air quality trends for ozone. Trends are shown here for the 8-hour ozone standards. Under the Clean Air Act, EPA sets and reviews national air quality standards for ozone. Air quality monitors measure concentrations of ozone throughout the country. EPA, state, tribal and local agencies use that data to ensure that ozone is at levels that protect public health and the environment. Nationally, average ozone levels declined in the 1980's, leveled off in the 1990's, and showed a notable decline after 2002. For information on ozone standards, sources, health effects, and programs to reduce ozone, please see www.epa.gov/airquality/ozonepollution/.

Ozone air quality between 1980 and 2012, based on the annual 4th maximum 8-hour average.  Chart shows a range of concentrations in 230 monitoring sites nationwide, with the average decreasing 25% from 1980 to 2012.

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Ozone air quality between 1990 and 2012, based on the annual 4th maximum 8-hour average.  Chart shows a range of concentrations in 483 monitoring sites nationwide, with the average decreasing 14% from 1990 to 2012.

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Ozone air quality between 2000 and 2012, based on the annual 4th maximum 8-hour average.  Chart shows a range of concentrations in 896 monitoring sites nationwide, with the average decreasing 9% from 2000 to 2012.

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Regional Trends in Ozone Levels

Air quality trends can vary regionally. The following climatically consistent regions within the contiguous United States provide a relevant way to look at regional trends in air quality.


Source: NOAA National Climatic Data Center

Local Trends in Ozone LevelsNote to users of screen readers:  The Local Trends information is available on the web only as graphical images.  Please call 919-541-5224 for assistance.

Air quality trends can vary from one area to another. Local trends can be viewed at individual monitoring locations in the map below or in this KML file (KML, 1.75 MB) using Google Earth or another KML browser. 

 Ozone monitors that meet mimimum trends completeness criteria
 Ozone monitors that have some data during the trend period but do not meet the mimimum trends completeness criteria

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