Friday, August 3, 2012
Sunshine and high temperatures combine to make the air unhealthy for sensitive groups, the state Dept. of Environmental Quality warns.
The combination of sunshine and hot, humid air has led the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to issue an Air Quality Action Day for southeast Michigan on Saturday. The statement, issued Friday afternoon, added that some relief is on the way. "A stronger cold front should pass through the region Saturday night and clean out the air statewide for several days," MDEQ representative Jim Haywood wrote. People and businesses should avoid these activities on Air Action days: Everyone is encouraged to car pool, use their bicycles or walk, and delay or combine errands when possible. Active children and adults, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion, the MDEQ advises. Learn more …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Levels of ozone and fine particulates, coupled with temperatures over 100 degrees, are expected to make the air unhealthy for those with respiratory diseases.
With the mercury expected to top 101 degrees today and continued high humidity, the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality has extended Thursday's Air Quality Alert through Friday. According to a statement issued Thursday, MDEQ officials expect increased levels of ozone and fine particulates to make the air unhealthy for sensitive groups. People and businesses should avoid these activities on Air Action days: Everyone is encouraged to car pool, use their bicycles or walk, and delay or combine errands when possible. Active children and adults, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion, the MDEQ advises. Learn more on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality webpage. The National …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Temperatures could hit record highs tomorrow, the National Weather Service predicts.
Predicted high temperatures and poor air quality have the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issuing an "Air Action Day" alert Thursday. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts tomorrow's daytime high could reach 97, under mostly sunny skies. According to the MDEQ release, "ozone concentrations in the Mississippi Valley have already reached USG (unhealthy for sensitive groups) levels" and that air mass is headed toward Michigan. Cleaner winds from the west could mean improved air quality, the release indicated, but the potential for unsafe levels of ozone led officials to issue the alert. People and businesses are encouraged to avoid these activities tomorrow: Everyone is encouraged to car pool, use their bicycles …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Ozone warnings in May? You'll have to feel the heat to believe it.
It's going to be a hot one Thursday. So warm, in fact, Thursday will be the first official Ozone Action day of the year, according to SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments that created the voluntary program designed to keep the air clean. This is the first time since 1999 that an Ozone Action day has been called in May, according to the agency. According to the National Weather Service a combination of sunshine, high pressure and a southerly wind flow will allow ozone levels to increase. Highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s are predicted. Here are some tips to help keep the air clean, according to SEMCOG: Additional information on Ozone Action Days is available on www.semcog.org.