Forecast Emails (Enviroflash)

Sign up for EnviroFlash Air Quality Forecasts! 

North Carolina Air Quality Forecasts are now available by email via EnviroFlash subscription.

What is EnviroFlash?

EnviroFlash is a new electronic information system designed to communicate environmental issues to the public. EnviroFlash is a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state and local air quality agencies.

How do I sign up?

Sign up for forecast emails by clicking this link for the EnviroFlash subscription page . Click the "Subscribe to EnviroFlash" link near the top of the page and complete the form that appears.

Why should I subscribe?

EnviroFlash provides you with timely air quality information that you can use to plan your daily activities and protect your health. With EnviroFlash, you have complete control of your forecast subscription. Subscription is fast and easy, and you decide which forecasts to receive. You can change or discontinue your subscription at any time through the automated EnviroFlash web page.

Where do the forecasts come from?

The forecasts are developed daily by staff meteorologists at the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, just as they have been since 1998. These are the same forecasts you might see in your newspaper, or on your local TV weather report.

For which areas of North Carolina are forecasts available?

Forecasts are available for the Asheville Ridge Tops (over 4,000 feet elevation), Asheville Valleys (under 4,000 feet), Charlotte, Fayetteville, Hickory, Triangle and Rocky Mount areas of North Carolina. 

  • Asheville: Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Madison, Transylvania, Swain, and Yancey Counties.
  • Hickory: Alexander, Catawba, Burke and Caldwell Counties.
  • Charlotte: Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Union, and Southern Iredell Counties, NC; and York County SC.
  • The Triad: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, and Stokes Counties.
  • The Triangle: Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person, Vance, and Wake Counties.
  • Fayetteville: Harnett and Cumberland Counties.
  • Rocky Mount: Edgecombe and Nash Counties.

Can I use my mobile phone to get air quality forecasts? 

Yes, you can get the forecasts from Twitter, from many weather apps (look for the air quality section), or by using the Enviroflash system to send you emails to your favorite email client.