Air Quality Alert July 17th 2012

THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY

AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN AN AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF OZONE. THE AIR QUALITY INDEX…OR AQI…WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY TO CORRELATE LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE.  THE HIGHER THE AQI VALUE, THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN.
WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED…THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER LIMITING STRENUOUS OUTDOOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS.  PEOPLE WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF ELEVATED LEVELS OF POLLUTANTS INCLUDE THE VERY YOUNG, AND THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY

PROBLEMS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HEART DISEASE. THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD CONSIDER CONSULTING THEIR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN.

A TOLL FREE AIR QUALITY HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO NEW YORK RESIDENTS CAN STAY INFORMED ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION.

THE TOLL FREE NUMBER IS: 1 800- 5 3 5 –  1 3 4 5.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

THE MID HUDSON VALLEY
THERE IS A SLIGHT TO LOW CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT. THE THREAT FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IS LOW AT THIS TIME. THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

SOME SEVERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT. THE MAIN THREAT FROM THESE STORMS WILL BE WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR GREATER…HAIL TO ONE INCH IN DIAMETER AND LARGER…AS WELL AS HEAVY DOWNPOURS. THE HEAVY RAIN MAY CAUSE LOCALIZED FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AREAS.