Environmental Services Program

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The Kansas City Visual Air Pollution Camera is located atop the Blue Ridge Office Tower. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources thanks the Blue Ridge Office Tower for their active support in this public service project.

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Click the image below for the current view of Kansas City, Missouri Air Quality

View of Kansas City.

This image is updated every minute.

Good visibility
24-hr avg Particulate 6.8 µg/m³
1-hour Ozone max .053 PPM

Picture of a good visibility , low ozone pollution day in Kansas City.


Poor visibility rainy day

Picture of a raining day in Kansas City.

High pollution photos

Particulate 23.2 µg/m³    Ozone .117 PPM
Picture of a bad pollution, high ozone day in Kansas City.

Particulate 34.0 µg/m³    Ozone .035 PPM
Picture of a bad pollution, high ozone day in Kansas City.

Particulate 48.8 µg/m³   Ozone .000PPM
Picture of a bad pollution, high ozone day in Kansas City.

Landmarks and mileage Scale

Kansas City landmarks and mileage.

General Information

Though visual air pollution is not a direct measure of the level of air quality, it can give the viewer a clue  to the healthfulness of ambient air. Many of the air pollutants that contribute to the formation of the harmful, but invisible, ozone also impact clarity of the air.

Smog, a grayish red haze, forms in the air during hot summer days. Smog forms when nitrogen dioxide, hydrocarbons from gasoline vapors, automobile exhaust, small dust particles, carbon particles and other industrial pollutants mix in stagnant air. Smog reduces visibility and because of its chemical activity often produces ozone in unhealthful concentrations.

High levels of ozone are known to increase breathing difficulty for people that suffer from asthma, heart disease and emphysema. Ozone also increases the number of cases of bronchitis in children and senior citizens. Long term exposure can even cause healthy young adults to experience breathing difficulty especially those that exercise or work for long periods outdoors.

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