Air Quality Alert, Wind Advisory Issued Today


Poor Air Quality In Phoenix Arizona

Air Quality Alert, 3/6/2012

National weather service Phoenix AZ

High pollution advisory for Maricopa county including the greater Phoenix area and Pinal County Monday.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in Phoenix has issued an airborne coarse particle high pollution advisory for the greater Phoenix area for Tuesday. The Pinal County Department of Air Quality has issued an airborne coarse particle high pollution advisory for Pinal County including Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Coolidge and Florence for Tuesday.

An episode of strong and gusty winds is forecast to generate widespread blowing dust that may result in local coarse particle concentrations that pose a health risk. Adverse health effects increase as air quality deteriorates.

Coarse particulate matter – also known as pm-10 – is an air contaminant that can aggravate heart and lung disease conditions, especially in older adults, children and those with asthma. A decrease in physical activity is recommended.

Consolidate your travel, stabilize loose soils, slow down or avoid travel on dirt roads, reduce or eliminate fireplace use and avoid using gas-powered lawn equipment.

For details on this high pollution advisory for Maricopa county visit www.azdeq.gov or call 602-771-2367 for recorded forecast information.

For details on this high pollution advisory for Pinal county visit pinalcountyaz.gov.

Wind Advisory for Greater Phoenix Area, AZ

Wind advisory now in effect from 2 pm this afternoon to midnight MST tonight. The wind advisory is now in effect from 2 pm this afternoon to midnight MST tonight.

Affected area: Southwest and south-central Arizona, including La Paz, Yuma, Maricopa, Northern Pinal and southern Gila counties. This includes the communities of Wenden, Dateland, Wickenburg, Gila Bend, Casa Grande, Globe And the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Timing: Winds will increase during the mid afternoon hours, peaking during evening rush hour traffic and continue to blow into the evening hours.

Winds: Southwest winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Gusts to 50 mph are possible over portions of La Paz county as well as isolated higher terrain and mountain sites.

Impacts: Travel difficulties for high profile vehicles and the potential for areas of reduced visibilities due to blowing dust across the lower desert elevations, especially along sections of interstate 8 and 10 near Casa Grande, Gila Bend and Tonopah. Recreational interests on area lakes may be hampered by the strong gusty winds.

Precautionary/preparedness actions: Motorists are urged to use extra caution this afternoon and evening. Be prepared for sudden reductions in visibility and more difficult handling conditions.

SOS FROM THE DESERT: PLEASE SEND OXYGEN TANKS!!

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