Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley on Friday, Jul 22

Forecast
Friday, Jul 22: 105 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
85 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Saturday, Jul 23: 90 AQI Moderate Ozone
85 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current Conditions: As of 2 PM on Thursday, mostly sunny skies persist across the region as an area of high pressure continues to reside over the Mid-Atlantic region. Right now, southwesterly wind flow over the region is helping to drive temperatures into the upper 80s. The combination of the sunshine and the warm temperatures are helping to force ozone concentrations toward the Code YELLOW / ORANGE threshold. Expect deteriorating air quality to unfold tomorrow as high pressure continues to dominate our weather. *** Friday’s Forecast: So for Friday, sunny skies will continue to prevail across eastern PA as higher pressure pushes off to our east. The movement of the high will allow our winds to stay out of the southwest, forcing hotter, more humid conditions into the region. As a result, afternoon temperatures are likely to peak in the 90s. With increasing moisture levels and even hotter temperatures building in, expect ozone concentration to peak in the Code ORANGE status. PM 2.5 levels will also be on the increase due to the increasing humidity. *** Extended Outlook: Over the coming days, expect to see temperatures remain seasonably warm higher pressure builds in over the region. After the frontal passage on Friday, high pressure will move through the area. A slow moving front will begin to push in late in the weekend from the west. This front will provide more cloud cover and an increased chance of rain as it moves east through our area. After the front moves through, a new area of high pressure will build in over the Great Lakes area and continue to provide us with seasonably warm temperatures through the weekend. There will be another chance of rain by week’s end as a new storm system makes its way east. Overall, air quality levels during the week will be driven by warm and humid conditions over the area. However, it will likely be the level of activity across the region (with two new storm systems moving in early and late next week) that will keep air quality concentrations from exceeding the moderate threshold. –Nolan

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.
* For more information on the health effects of PM 2.5 and ozone, visit the EPA Airnow website.
* To see the current forecast and monitoring information for the Southwest PA Region, visit us online at the PA DEP Forecast and Monitoring Site.

DEP declares Air Quality Action Day for Susquehanna Valley on Monday, June 20

Forecast
Monday, Jun 20: 106 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
62 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Tuesday, Jun 21: 83 AQI Moderate Ozone
58 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current conditions: At 2 p.m. EDT this Friday afternoon, a northerly flow to the east of an area of high pressure located over the Great Lakes is bringing drier air into the area. Fine particulate is being mixed out by an increasing breeze, so overall averages for today will be in the upper good range for this pollutant. The high will sink slowly southward to a position over western North Carolina by Monday. This will act to increase both fine particulate and ozone. In fact, ozone levels will be at their highest on Monday, the first day of summer with light southwest winds and temperatures close to 90 degrees. Fine particulate levels will also increase in response to rising low level humidity. Moonlit and turning out comfortable overnight with lows in the lower 60s. *** Saturday’s forecast: Sunshine will prevail for the day Saturday with high pressure overhead. Fine particulate will be elevated in the morning to the moderate range, and not enough mixing will occur in the afternoon to bring overall averages below the moderate range. Likewise, with a strong June sun and maximum insolation, ozone levels will average in the lower moderate range as well. Afternoon temperatures in the lower to middle 80s. *** Sunday’s forecast: Another full day of sunshine is in store for Sunday with afternoon temperatures in the middle and upper 80s. Fine particulate will again be in the lower moderate range, but ozone could go well into the moderate range with light winds and full sun. ***Monday’s forecast: High pressure will be located across the Tennessee valley on Monday, allowing for light southwest winds and a mostly sunny sky. There is the concern that ozone levels go into the code ORANGE range, especially if any onshore flow is very light and emissions increase. Temperatures approaching the 90 degree mark with fine particulate in the middle moderate range. *** Extended forecast: A cold front approaches on Tuesday, and the exact time this front passes is still uncertain. There is a chance for thunderstorms in the late afternoon and early evening. With enough sunshine, ozone will go well into the moderate range, and fine particulate will average in the lower moderate range. A little cooler and less humid air with good air quality should follow for the middle of next week.—McAuliffe

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.

DEP issues air quality alert for ozone on Friday, May 27

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Friday, May 27
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Friday, May 27: 103 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
75 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Saturday, May 28: 98 AQI Moderate Ozone
77 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
 Friday’s forecast: Sunshine and a few clouds will prevail for the day Friday. Warm and humid with a late afternoon or evening thunderstorm in the area. Code ORANGE levels of ozone will again occur with the sunshine and heat ramping up ozone production. Fine particulate levels will again be in the moderate range. Warm and sticky Friday night with lows in the middle and upper 60s.

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.

Days when particle pollution levels are expected to be high:

* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

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

* For more information on the health effects of PM 2.5 and ozone, visit the EPA Airnow website.

DEP issues Air Quality Alert for Ozone for May 25

An Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Wednesday, May 25
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Wednesday, May 25: 103 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Ozone
53 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Thursday, May 26: 99 AQI Moderate Ozone
64 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

*** Wednesday’s forecast: A full day of sunshine is in store for Wednesday, with the mercury soaring into the middle 80s. The sunshine and warm temperatures will act to produce ozone at a rate not seen so far in the 2016 season. Code ORANGE concentrations are a good bet for the afternoon hours. Fine particulate will drop some during the day with drier air and increasing mixing, but overall averages for this pollutant could wind up in the lower moderate range. Mostly clear and mild again Wednesday night with lows in the lower 60s.

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.

For more information, go to:AIrNow.gov

Lessons learned about Quality of Life

IMG_0600What are the indicators of quality of life and what actions improve a community’s quality of life? 

The Clean Air Board will discuss these issues at its community meeting on May 5, 2016, 7 pm at Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle.

Join us a we discuss the lessons learned at a conference “Reconciling Quality of Life and Development”  held at the Widener University Commonwealth Law School on April 26.  We will recap important points made by the presenters and solicit ideas for implementing their recommendations.

 

Clean Air Board meeting, April 7, 7pm

The ABCs of Air Pollution and Your Health

The next Clean Air Board community meeting will cover the basics about air pollution and your health.  The air you breathe can affect your respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems.  CAB members will explain what air contaminants are of concern, how we measure them,  when air quality alerts are issued,  and what actions you can take to reduce exposure to air pollution. Bring your questions and concerns. Bring a friend.

We will be meeting at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA  17013  on April 7, at 7 pm.

DEP declares Air Quality Action Day for Friday, Jan. 15

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Friday, Jan 15
Tomorrow’s Forecast
Friday, Jan 15: 105 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Saturday, Jan 16: 45 AQI Good Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current Conditions: As of 2 PM on Thursday, mostly sunny skies prevail over the region as an area of high pressure across the southeastern Us dominates our weather. Right now, southwesterly winds coupled with the sunshine have allowed temperatures to climb into the upper 40s across the region. The combination of the warm air and the light winds across the area have allowed PM 2.5 levels to creep up into the moderate range. Expect levels to climb even higher tomorrow as a more stable air mass builds in for a good portion of the day. *** Friday’s Forecast: So for Friday, expect clear skies in the morning to give way to partly cloudy skies during the afternoon as we remain influenced by an area of high pressure. With the high building into the western Atlantic, expect the ridge to extend northwestward into the northern Mid-Atlantic region. At the same time, a new storm system will begin to take shape across the southeastern US. This system is slated to make its way up the East Coast later in the day. For much of the day, winds should be light over the region. Warmer air will continue to build in from the southwest aloft. It is these warmer conditions coupled with the light flow at the surface that will allow an inversion to form over the area. During the morning hours, the inversion is likely to fairly strong. As we move through the day, expect the inversion to break down as the surface temperatures warm (afternoon temperatures should peak in the mid 40s) and the storm approaches from the south. The intensity of the inversion during the morning hours along with the light winds will limit mixing within the boundary layer, allowing PM 2.5 levels to climb. With these kind of conditions persisting for much of the day, expect PM 2.5 levels to reach the Code ORANGE status, which is why we are issuing an Air Quality Action Day for PM 2.5.

Days when particle pollution levels are expected to be high:

* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

 

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

* For more information on the health effects of PM 2.5 and ozone, visit the EPA Airnow website.
* To see the current forecast and monitoring information for the Southwest PA Region, visit us online at the PA DEP Forecast and Monitoring Site.
* To find out more information about the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley, visit the AQP of SV Website.

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