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SkyCast: Greater Kansas City’s air quality forecast 

The Kansas City region's 2014 Ozone Season ended Oct. 31. Thank you for helping us all breathe easier!

The 2015 season begins April 1, 2015.

The SkyCast is the ozone forecast for the Kansas City region. Like a weather forecast, it tells you what conditions are most likely to be for the next day.

Meteorologists monitor a variety of conditions like temperature, cloud cover, wind speed and direction, ceiling height, and others to bring us the SkyCast. The SkyCast is issued each afternoon by 4 p.m.

If you are viewing a website with a SkyCast widget (such as the example above), be sure to refresh the page for the most recent SkyCast.


What do the SkyCast colors mean?

The SkyCast colors let you know:

  • When to take steps to protect your family’s health
  • Ozone Alert day actions to help return ozone concentrations to acceptable levels

SkyCast Air Quality Protect Your Health AirQ Actions
Good Healthy No health impacts are expected when air quality is in this range. Everyday actions
Moderate Elevated Ozone Concentration Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion. Everyday actions
Unhealthy for sensitive groups Ozone Alert
(Orange)
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion. Ozone Alert actions
Unhealthy Ozone Alert
(Red)
Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion. Ozone Alert actions


Besides the MARC Web page, you can also find the SkyCast or Ozone Alerts:


Current conditions

Check the Air Quality Index »