In a summer defined by smoke, how one NC county forecasts air quality

For the team of people working to forecast air quality at the Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection, this summer has been a wildcard. Smoke from the Canadian wildfires brought more back-to-back poor air quality days than the area has seen in years. The county has been at an advantage though: It’s one of only three in the state to operate its own air quality monitoring stations and it's the only one that issues its own daily forecasts.