About the Air District

Marin County

About the Air District

Learn about Marin County - its climate, potential air pollution concerns, and current air quality. You can also view upcoming Air District events in Marin County and read about local efforts to improve air quality.

Latest News
  • Nov
    9

    November 9, 2019

    Winter Spare the Air Alerts called for today & Sunday due to wood smoke buildup

    The Area Air District is issuing the season’s first and second Winter Spare the Air Alerts for today, Saturday, November 9, and Sunday, November 10, which bans burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, both indoors and outdoors.

  • Nov
    5

    November 5, 2019

    Air District extends Bay Area air quality advisory for smoke from Ranch Fire through Wednesday

    The Air District is extending an air quality advisory for smoke for the Bay Area through tomorrow, Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Northerly winds near the Ranch Fire in Tehama County south of Redding will allow some smoke to move toward the Bay Area. The smoke is expected to continue to cause hazy skies and potentially elevated hourly air quality readings for fine particulates today and tomorrow, but air quality is not expected to exceed the federal health standard.

  • Nov
    4

    November 4, 2019

    Air District issues air quality advisory for smoke from Ranch Fire for the Bay Area for Tuesday

    The Air District is issuing an air quality advisory for smoke for the Bay Area tomorrow, Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  Northerly winds near the Ranch Fire in Tehama County south of Redding will allow some smoke to move toward the Bay Area. The smoke is expected to cause hazy skies and potentially elevated hourly air quality readings for fine particulates tomorrow, but air quality is not expected to exceed the federal health standard.

Marin County lies south of Sonoma County, bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Pablo Bay to the east, and the Golden Gate to the south. One Marin County representative sits on the Air District’s Board of Directors.

Climate

The west coast and southern portions of Marin County are often subject to cool marine air and substantial fog. Temperatures in these areas remain steady through the year because of the nearby ocean. The eastern side of Marin County is warmer and has less fog, due in large part to its distance from the ocean. The extra distance from the ocean allows the marine air to be heated before arriving at eastern Marin cities. Prevailing winds throughout the county are generally from the northwest, with wind speeds highest along the west coast. Annual rainfall in the mountains is generally higher than in most parts of the Bay Area, averaging 37 to 49 inches. The majority of rainfall across the county occurs November through March.

Marin County’s climate is also affected by regional Bay Area climate influences.

Interactive Air Monitoring Stations Map

Air Quality in Marin County

Ozone and fine particle pollution, or PM2.5, are the major regional air pollutants of concern in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ozone is primarily a problem in the summer, and fine particle pollution in the winter.

Along the Marin County coast and in southern Marin County, clean air from the Pacific Ocean helps to keep air pollution at a minimum. Elsewhere in Marin, ozone only rarely becomes a concern, but the hilly terrain and colder winter temperatures can trap PM2.5 near the surface, resulting in air quality that exceeds health standards.

Interactive Air Quality Forecast Map

Resource Team

Marin County’s Spare the Air Resource Team promotes various ways to reduce air pollution in the local community.

Wood Burning Status
Wood Burning Status
  • Sunday,
    11/17

    No Spare the Air Alert in Effect

  • Monday,
    11/18

    No Spare the Air Alert in Effect

Last Updated: 2/14/2019