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Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: February 21, 2021 09:42AM
I noticed a weather warning in Dark Sky. It was regarding air quality which is surprising considering we generally don't worry about such things here. When I took a closer look it was true that it was best we avoid spending time outdoors, particularly doing heavy exercise. This whole thing is rather new for me. I suspect days like this - where some arrangement of weather is trapping pollutants near the ground - has happened before, we've just been unaware.

Do air quality reading affect your actions? If so, how? If not, why not?



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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: cyclemax
Date: February 21, 2021 09:58AM
I keep an eye on it during the summer months, especially high ozone levels. I can feel it in my lungs when I'm riding my bike. I'll ride during the day when the warnings are in the yellow. When they are in the red, I'll do my rides early in the morning or later in the evening.
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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: February 21, 2021 10:15AM
Not really, but I'm rural.

Yesterday the Weather app said our air quality was Moderate. I clicked the link and the vendor Apple uses (BreezeMeter) always shows particulates as being the #! issue. Dust, smoke from wood fires ... don't ask me how they know.

Sulfur Dioxide is rated lowest, but my case I have my doubts since I sit near a ventless propane heater, which literally SMELLS like sulfur sometimes.

And today we've improved to Good, for whatever reason.



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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 21, 2021 10:28AM
As an asthmatic, yes; very much so. Smog-type alerts don't happen where I currently live (Central AR) but I do still take note when (summertime) there's an alert re/ozone.



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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: space-time
Date: February 21, 2021 10:53AM
don't fart (too much) inside the house and you're fine
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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: btfc
Date: February 21, 2021 11:06AM
Ozone is a big problem in parts of the West:


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[www.ksl.com]
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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 21, 2021 11:21AM
Yes, the local air quality district posts alerts on the local TV news when there is stagnant air trapping fireplace emissions in nearby cities. It's partly a remnant of monitoring air pollution from cars, but it was very helpful for monitoring when smoke came in from extensive wildfires. You can zoom the map out and find your local region.
https: //aqicn.org/station/usa/washington/lacey/college-st#/z/8.7



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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: February 21, 2021 11:33AM
As someone how takes Claritin in the spring and summer months, I pay attention to pollen counts. Our rural neighborhood has a lot of wooded areas. I don't worry about them, I just know I need to use the meds if I'm going to mow the lawn or do other outdoor things. Generally, it's not much of an issue in my situation.

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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: February 21, 2021 11:37AM
Yes.

We can have pretty bad smog in this region from traffic and coal-burning power plants.

Better in recent years, and almost undetectable last year, but we've also had a lot of heat-waves in the last decade which worsened the problem for the duration.



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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: numbered
Date: February 21, 2021 12:11PM
The Bay Area has an active program called Spare the Air for times, winter and summer, where an inversion layer forms and air quality gets bad. Notification goes out in email and the local media, and there are fines for burning anything. Even charcoal.

Mostly people comply without a problem.

When it is really bad (eg, the last couple of years of wildfire smoke) there were also pleas to not drive. But there were no sanctions.
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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: February 21, 2021 12:36PM
No.




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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: hal
Date: February 21, 2021 12:46PM
Since last summer's days of horrible wild fire smoke, I keep a regular watch on it. I start feeling effects at 150 or so - I never really noticed it before I started watching. I would just write it off as a bad day.
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Re: Do you pay attention to air quality alerts?
Posted by: davester
Date: February 21, 2021 06:50PM
Only during wildfire season.



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