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The following graphs were compiled from data collected about 1/2 mile east of SMO, in a West Los Angeles residential area near the intersection of National Blvd. and Barrington Ave. The data was jotted down informally when either Joan or I smelled jet fumes at our home. It is only a partial representation of the full picture, but it starts to show some patterns as to when the fumes are most likely to occur. This information could prove very helpful, when future scientific studies are begun, in determining the air quality impacts on surrounding communities from idling jets at the airport. 
The photo below shows a representation of the impacted West Los Angeles area east of the airport.

Where do the jet fumes travel?
 It depends on the direction of the wind. In the photo below three different colors show examples of some areas where we have smelled fumes. Due to the prevalent ocean breezes, jet emissions are spead over these areas most of the year. During Santa Ana conditions and other times when winds blow toward the west, Santa Monica residents are affected.




Below are two graphs (two different date ranges), that shows the busiest

times of the day for jet takeoffs, gathered from our data.

The direction of the wind is a major factor as to where the fumes travel.



Which days of the week have the heaviest jet traffic?
The two graphs below give you a pretty good idea which days are the busiest.
Can you think of any possible reasons why these days are so popular?



What are the Months with the most Fume Events to the east of SMO?
 The two graphs below may shed light on the answer.