Air Quality Action Day declared for Susquehanna Valley on Saturday, Jun 22

Forecast
Saturday, Jun 22: 110 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
75 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Sunday, Jun 23: 114 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
80 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley on Friday, Jun 21

 Forecast
Friday, Jun 21: 105 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
70 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Saturday, Jun 22: 112 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
80 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Here are some Air Quality Action Day tips you can follow to help reduce pollution:

Days when ozone levels are expected to be high:

* Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
* Choose a cleaner commute—share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
* Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
* Combine errands and reduce trips.
* Limit engine idling.
* Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.

 

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Thursday, May 30

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Thursday, May 30: 102 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
70 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Friday, May 31: 100 AQI Moderate Ozone
75 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current Conditions as of 1 PM on Wednesday: Mostly sunny skies have developed this afternoon after dense fog blanketed most of the region early this morning. Temperatures are already into the 80s and we should see a number of 90 degree readings over the next several days. High pressure will provide the hot and humid conditions along with deteriorating air quality levels through at least Saturday. *** Thursday’s Forecast: Patchy fog possible again early Thursday, though not nearly as dense as Wednesday morning. This fog should be quicker to burn off Thursday morning than Wednesday as well, helping temperatures quickly climb back into the 80s by early afternoon. Highs for the day should push into the low 90s for a number of locations under mostly sunny skies. PM 2.5 levels will reach their highest values for the day once again during the morning, though these values will not be as high as early Wednesday, and will remain in the middle of the moderate range for the day. Light west/southwesterly flow with the ample sunshine will allow Ozone concentrations to climb well into the moderate range. Some locations are even likely to see concentrations peak just into the Code Orange range. Air quality conditions will continue to deteriorate into Friday.

PA DEP and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley

 

Smog alert ahead

http://cumberlink.com/news/opinion/columnists/guest/guest-editorial-smog-alert-ahead/article_83047dce-ae8f-11e2-bd59-001a4bcf887a.html

Summer will soon be here and that can mean high levels of air pollutants in our air, specifically ozone and small particles, commonly known as smog.

Meteorologists declare “Air Quality Action” days when they project that weather conditions are conducive for unhealthy air pollution. In 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) called 12 “action days” for the Susquehanna Valley.

We should heed those warnings. Recent scientific studies conclude that short-term exposure to unhealthy air pollution can have significant adverse effects on pregnant women, children, the elderly and even the general population — especially those with pre-existing conditions such as asthma.

Short-term symptoms resulting from breathing high levels of ozone and fine particulate are chest pain, coughing, nausea, throat irritation, and congestion. These pollutants also aggravate bronchitis, heart disease, emphysema, and asthma — and can increase risks of stroke.

Children, senior citizens, and those with asthma or other respiratory problems are urged to limit outdoor activities when an action day is predicted.

The quality of the air we breathe is a fundamental component of our overall health. The physiological effect of short-term ozone exposure is being unable to inhale to total lung capacity. Small particles, or PM 2.5, can be especially dangerous because they can travel deep into human tissue. Scientific studies over the last two decades have shown that exposure to high levels of PM 2.5 can raise the incidence of heart and pulmonary disease, cancer, infant mortality, low birth-weight babies, and even impaired cognitive function.

Air Quality Action days are often declared when there is little wind, and when the amount of ozone or particles in stagnant air could exceed federal health standards.

The DEP monitors local and regional air quality. Local television and radio stations alert the public to an Air Quality Action day prediction. Check your newspaper’s websites as well. The Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania also monitors pollution levels at its website, and posts notices when DEP declares an Air Quality Action day. Go to: cleanairboard.wordpress.com

On Air Quality Action days, the public can take simple, voluntary actions to help reduce the chances of creating even more health-impairing pollution. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends 10 steps:

1. Instead of driving, share a ride, take public transportation, walk or bike.

2. If you must drive, avoid excessive idling or jack-rabbit starts, and try to consolidate errands.

3. Don’t refuel your car, or only do so after 7 pm.

4. Avoid using outboard motors, off-road vehicles, or other gasoline powered recreational vehicles.

5. Wait to mow your lawn until late evening or the next day. Also, avoid using gasoline-powered garden equipment.

6. Use latex paints instead of oil-based paints, solvents, or varnishes that produce fumes.

7. If you are barbecuing, use an electric starter instead of charcoal lighter fluid.

8. Limit or postpone your household chores that will involve the use of consumer products.

9. Conserve energy to reduce energy needs.

10. Keep your car well maintained to limit excess emissions.

As more scientists and public health officials have studied air quality, more links have discovered between pollution and illness. Our local monitoring and notification systems work like other public information systems that warn of danger and possible threats to our health. They work to protect us, and it is, therefore, wise to pay attention to them.

submitted to Sentinel by Thomas Au

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, March 7, 2013, 7 pm

“Looking Forward to Clean Air”

CAB will look at new developments under the federal Clean Air Act and under state regulations.  Arleen Shulman, former air resources planning chief at the state Department of Environmental Protection will speak to the board.

This meeting will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on March 7,  at 7 pm.   Join us for a discussion of this important topic.

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley on Friday, Aug 24

Friday, Aug 24: 117 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
80 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Saturday, Aug 25: 102 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
78 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current Conditions as of 1 PM on Thursday: You may have noticed that the weather this morning and so far this afternoon seem to be quite similar to yesterday. That is indeed the case as the trend in the weather this week has been for similar conditions to repeat themselves, with only a slight change. That slight change each day has been morning patchy fog becoming mostly sunny skies by late morning, temperatures rising a degree or two higher than the previous day, and Ozone and PM 2.5 concentrations climbing higher and higher. The threat for Code ORANGE conditions will continue into at least Friday before becoming more scattered Code ORANGE to moderate over the weekend. *** Friday’s Forecast: On Friday, the broken record of the weather this week once again repeats itself with patchy morning fog quickly burning off to provide mostly sunny skies under an area of high pressure. The trend for rising temperatures and air quality concentrations will continue as well. Forecast highs should climb into the mid to upper 80s, which is slightly above normal for late August. The high moderate to Code ORANGE Ozone concentrations from Thursday will continue to slowly become more modified on Friday, climbing higher into the Code ORANGE level. Nearly calm winds all week have allowed for these concentrations to slowly become more modified each day due to a lack of vertical mixing that we would see on days with a strong afternoon breeze. It has been several days since we have had a frontal passage or increased precipitation threat to also allow for this period of stagnation to occur. PM 2.5 concentrations have also been slowly climbing, but have and will continue to remain moderate with low moisture levels present. Dew point temperatures will remain in the lower 60s as a result of the low moisture. An increasing chance for stronger easterly flow on Saturday may be able to help us reverse the trend from this week. *** Extended Forecast: Saturday appears to begin a tricky forecast period as we may see a wide range of conditions across the region that will impact the air quality forecast for the next several days. An area of low pressure is likely to develop off the coast and approach the coast line. This system will provide a chance for some showers along with cloud cover for a portion of the east coast. High clouds may extend far enough to the west to cover the entire forecast region. If they stay more to the east, ample sunshine again on Saturday may create high moderate to Code ORANGE concentrations for the locations in the region furthest to the west. More eastward sites would likely see more moderate concentrations. Easterly flow associated with this system may bring stronger onshore flow to provide more mixing than we have experienced over the last several days. I believe at this point the current air mass over the region is modified enough that it will take some time to improve air quality greatly. While conditions may become more moderate over the weekend, our next best threat for precipitation and a change in the air mass will come in the Monday/Tuesday timeframe. The outcome of current Tropical Storm Isaac will play a role in air quality conditions for the middle to latter half of next week. The computer models do not have a solution yet as to exactly where Isaac will track and make landfall or if the system will stall out over the Southeast vs. jet back out to sea and off to the northeast. — Roble

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley.

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