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Code Orange air quality in the Richmond area as of 5:00 pm, Sunday, July 8th

As of 5:00 pm, Sunday, July 8th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://vadeq.ipsmtx.com/cgi-bin/air_quality_forecast.pl). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this 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 08, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Hampton Roads area as of 2:00 pm, Friday, July 6th

As of 2:00 pm, Friday, July 6th, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Hampton Roads area based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://vadeq.ipsmtx.com/cgi-bin/air_quality_forecast.pl). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this 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 06, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Roanoke area as of 1:00 pm, Tuesday, July 3rd

As of 1:00 pm, Tuesday, July 3rd, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Roanoke area based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://vadeq.ipsmtx.com/cgi-bin/air_quality_forecast.pl). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this 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 03, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Code Orange air quality in the Richmond area as of 12:00 pm, Tuesday, July 3rd

As of 12:00 pm, Tuesday, July 3rd, the estimated Air Quality Index (AQI) in the Richmond area based upon the current ground-level ozone concentrations is in the Code Orange range (http://vadeq.ipsmtx.com/cgi-bin/air_quality_forecast.pl). Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should limit strenuous outdoor activities through this 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 03, 2012 at 1:06 pm

DEQ web page current conditions display is erroneous

As of Saturday morning, June 30th, the DEQ web air quality page (http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityForecasting.aspx) indicates erroneous "current conditions". The "current conditions" are still indicating the code orange and code red conditions that were occurring Friday, June 29th. We are unable to address the apparent problem at an external-to-DEQ web server until Monday. Please use http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_state&stateid=48&tab=0 for the duration of the weekend to view current air quality conditions. However, it appears that the air forecasts are updated correctly.

Dan Salkovitz
VADEQ Meteorologist

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: June 30, 2012 at 9:08 am