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Code Orange air quality in Hampton Roads and Richmond as of 2:00 pm, Thursday, June 12th

As of 2:00 pm, Thursday, June 12th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas based upon current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening. Code Orange air quality is expected to continue through the early evening hours.

Tomorrow's air quality forecast will be issued at 3:00 pm. Forecasts and current conditions are posted at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality.

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: June 12, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Code Orange air quality in Richmond as of 1:00 pm, June 10th.

As of 1:00 pm, Tuesday, June 10th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this evening. Code Orange air quality is expected to continue through the early evening hours.

Tomorrow's air quality forecast will be issued at 3:00 pm. Forecasts and current conditions are posted at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality.

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: June 10, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Code Orange air quality in Hampton Roads as of 9:00 am, June 10

As of 9:00 am, Tuesday, June 10, the air quality index in the Hampton Roads area is in the Code Orange range due to particle pollution. With generally light winds expected to continue into tonight, Code Orange particle pollution conditions are expected to persist until winds shift to the north during the overnight hours.

Active children and adults, and people with heart diseases or respiratory ailments, such as asthma, should limit strenuous activities through today. The current air quality index is indicated at:

www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality

The air quality forecasts for the weekend will be issued this afternoon by 3:00 pm. The forecast will update at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality at 3:20 pm.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: June 10, 2008 at 9:56 am

Code Red air quality in Richmond as of 5:00 pm, June 6th

Code Red air quality in Richmond as of 5:00 pm, June 6th.

As of 5:00 pm, Friday, June 6th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon current ground-level ozone concentrations has deteriorated from Code Orange into the Code Red range. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid strenuous outdoor activities through this evening. The general public may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

In addition, the air quality forecast for Saturday, June 7th 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. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) expects similar air quality conditions to continue through the upcoming weekend.

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: June 06, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Code Orange air quality in Charlottesville and Hampton Roads as of 2:00 pm, Friday, June 6

Code Orange air quality in Charlottesville and Hampton Roads as of 2:00 pm, Friday, June 6

As of 2:00 pm, Friday June 6, the air quality index in the Charlottesville and Hampton Roads areas is in the Code Orange range due to particle pollution. Smoke from the Hyde County fire in eastern North Carolina has overspread the Charlottesville and Hampton Roads area. With southeast winds expected to continue into tonight, Code Orange particle pollution conditions are expected to persist until winds shift to the southwest during the overnight hours.

Active children and adults, and people with heart diseases or respiratory ailments, such as asthma, should limit strenuous activities through today. The current air quality index is indicated at:

www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality

The air quality forecasts for the weekend will be issued this afternoon by 3:00 pm.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: June 06, 2008 at 2:28 pm