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Code Orange air quality in Richmond as of 1:00 pm, Friday, July 18th

As of 1:00 pm, Friday, July 18th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening.

The air quality forecast for Saturday, July 19th will be issued after 3:00 pm today.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
-- Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
-- Share a ride or use public transportation.
-- Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
-- Avoid excessive engine idling.
-- Telecommute.
-- Conserve electricity.
-- Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 18, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Code Orange air quality in Winchester and Hampton Roads as of 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 17th

As of 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 17th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Winchester and Hampton Roads areas based upon current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening.

The air quality forecasts for Friday, July 18th will be issued after 3:00 pm today.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
-- Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
-- Share a ride or use public transportation.
-- Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
-- Avoid excessive engine idling.
-- Telecommute.
-- Conserve electricity.
-- Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Code Orange air quality in Richmond as of 12 noon, Thursday, July 17th

As of 12 noon, Thursday, July 17th, the estimate Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening.

It is possible that the Code Red range may be reached later this afternoon.

The air quality forecast for Friday, July 18th will be issued after 3:00 pm today.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
-- Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
-- Share a ride or use public transportation.
-- Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
-- Avoid excessive engine idling.
-- Telecommute.
-- Conserve electricity.
-- Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Code Orange air quality in Richmond as of 5:00 pm, July 16th

As of 5:00 pm, Wednesday, July 16th, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening.

In addition, the air quality forecast for Thursday, July 17th for Richmond is Code Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities tomorrow afternoon through tomorrow evening.

DEQ recommends that people take these voluntary steps:
-- Avoid unnecessary car trips. Combine errands.
-- Share a ride or use public transportation.
-- Limit or halt use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment and solvents.
-- Avoid excessive engine idling.
-- Telecommute.
-- Conserve electricity.
-- Avoid burning yard debris or brush.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 16, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Smoke expected over Southeastern Virginia over the holiday weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dan Salkovitz, (804) 698-4404 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

With southerly and southwesterly winds expected to bring smoke from the Dismal Swamp and Hyde County, NC fires through the holiday weekend, Code Orange air quality is expected in areas such as Hampton, Newport News, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and/or Virginia Beach. However, Code Red or Code Purple conditions are possible in thicker areas of smoke; see "Smoke Guidelines" below. Generally, southerly winds will bring the smoke into Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Hampton whereas southwesterly winds will bring the smoke more towards Virginia Beach. Also please see "Health Information" below.


Health Information
Code Orange: Active children and adults, and people with heart or lung disease (including asthma) should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Red: Active children and adults should limit or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

Code Purple: Active children and adults should avoid prolonged strenuous outdoor activities. People unusually sensitive to air pollution, especially those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), and older adults should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities.

High air pollution levels can impair breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and put extra strain on the heart. Air pollution also can aggravate asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.

Smoke Guidelines
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions during the current wildfire event:

- If you can smell smoke with no visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Orange range, or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. At Code Orange levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities. People who are active outdoors also should take it easier to limit their exposure to particle pollution.

- If you can smell smoke with minor visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Red range, or generally Unhealthy. At Code Red levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities; everyone else should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

- If you can smell smoke with significant visibility impairment, air quality levels are probably in the Code Purple range, or Very Unhealthy. At Code Purple levels, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should avoid all outdoor strenuous activities; everyone else should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities.

Dan Salkovitz
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4404 Fax: (804) 698-4510
Phone toll-free in Virginia: (1-800) 592-5482
Work Email: ddsalkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: July 03, 2008 at 2:21 pm