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Daily forecasts of air pollutant levels for the Richmond, Hampton Roads, Roanoke, and Winchester areas.

List administrator(s): Dan Salkovitz, Mike Kiss, Bobby Lute, Kristen Stumpf

Air quality forecasts for August 13, August 14, and August 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for August 13, August 14, and August 15, 2011

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

***OCCASIONAL THICK, DENSE SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE IN SUFFOLK, VA WILL IMPACT COUNTIES ALONG ROUTE 460 FROM SUFFOLK TO PETERSBURG, THEN NORTHWARD TOWARDS RICHMOND AND ALONG THE I-95 CORRIDOR TOWARDS FREDERICKSBURG, TOMORROW, AUGUST 13TH. WINDS WILL BE GENERALLY FROM THE SOUTH AND EAST. CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS (VISIBILITY 1 MILE OR LESS) DUE TO PARTICLES ARE PROBABLE NEAR THE FIRE. CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS (VISIBILITY 1 MILE OR LESS) MAY OCCASIONALLY EXTEND NORTHWESTWARD ALONG ROUTE 460 AND THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES TOWARDS PETERSBURG. CODE RED (VISIBILITY 1 TO 3 MILES) TO POSSIBLY CODE PURPLE (VISIBILITY LESS THAN 1 MILE) CONDITIONS MAY ALSO REACH THE RICHMOND AREA. CODE ORANGE (VISIBILITY 3 TO 5 MILES) TO POSSIBLY CODE RED (VISIBILITY 1 TO 3 MILES) CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE FROM RICHMOND NORTHWARD TOWARDS FREDERICKSBURG, EXTENDING AS FAR WEST AS CULPEPER, ORANGE, LOUISA, GOOCHLAND, AMELIA AND POWHATAN COUNTIES.

ON SUNDAY, A STORM SYSTEM FROM THE WEST WILL BRING SOME PRECIPITATION INTO VIRGINIA WHICH SHOULD MITIGATE SMOKE IMPACTS. HOWEVER, PRIOR TO ANY PRECIPITATION, SMOKE MAY IMPACT MANY OF THE SAME AREAS AS ON SATURDAY.

ON MONDAY, SMOKE MAY IMPACT HAMPTON ROADS, CHESAPEAKE, NORFOLK, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA BEACH AND THE SOUTHERN END OF THE EASTERN SHORE.

AUGUST 13:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Red - Unhealthy air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Roanoke
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution


AUGUST 14:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone


AUGUST 15:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

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 INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- 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 ext. 4404
Work Email: Daniel.Salkovitz@deq.virginia.gov
Other Email: dsalkovi@yahoo.com
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm

CORRECTED FOR RICHMOND FORECAST: Air quality forecasts for August 12, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for August 12, 2011

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

***THICK, DENSE SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE IN SUFFOLK, VA WILL IMPACT COUNTIES ALONG THE VIRGINIA/NORTH CAROLINA BORDER TOMORROW, AUGUST 12TH. WINDS WILL BE GENERALLY FROM THE EAST WHICH MEANS CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS DUE TO PARTICLES ARE LIKELY IN SOUTHERN SUFFOLK AND SOUTHAMPTON COUNTIES. CODE RED CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN SOUTHWESTERN SUSSEX AND GREENSVILLE COUNTY. CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN BRUNSWICK AND MECKLENBURG COUNTIES. OCCASIONAL CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN LUNENBURG, PRINCE EDWARD, CHARLOTTE, APPOMATTOX, NOTTOWAY, CUMBERLAND, AMELIA, AND DINWIDDIE COUNTIES.

SMOKE MAY IMPACT A LARGE AREA EXTENDING NORTH AND WEST OF THE FIRE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH. THAT INCLUDES CENTRAL VIRGINIA (THE TRI-CITIES, AND RICHMOND), NORTHWARD ALONG THE I-95 CORRIDOR TO WASHINGTON, DC, AND NORTHWESTWARD TOWARDS WINCHESTER.

GUIDELINES FOR CITIZENS TO ASSESS LOCAL AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE ARE PROVIDED AT THE END OF THIS FORECAST EMAIL.***


Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

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 INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- 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
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Air quality forecasts for August 12, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for August 12, 2011

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

***THICK, DENSE SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE IN SUFFOLK, VA WILL IMPACT COUNTIES ALONG THE VIRGINIA/NORTH CAROLINA BORDER TOMORROW, AUGUST 12TH. WINDS WILL BE GENERALLY FROM THE EAST WHICH MEANS CODE PURPLE CONDITIONS DUE TO PARTICLES ARE LIKELY IN SOUTHERN SUFFOLK AND SOUTHAMPTON COUNTIES. CODE RED CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN SOUTHWESTERN SUSSEX AND GREENSVILLE COUNTY. CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN BRUNSWICK AND MECKLENBURG COUNTIES. OCCASIONAL CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN LUNENBURG, PRINCE EDWARD, CHARLOTTE, APPOMATTOX, NOTTOWAY, CUMBERLAND, AMELIA, AND DINWIDDIE COUNTIES.

SMOKE MAY IMPACT A LARGE AREA EXTENDING NORTH AND WEST OF THE FIRE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH. THAT INCLUDES CENTRAL VIRGINIA (THE TRI-CITIES, AND RICHMOND), NORTHWARD ALONG THE I-95 CORRIDOR TO WASHINGTON, DC, AND NORTHWESTWARD TOWARDS WINCHESTER.

GUIDELINES FOR CITIZENS TO ASSESS LOCAL AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE ARE PROVIDED AT THE END OF THIS FORECAST EMAIL.***


Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

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 INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- 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
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Air quality forecasts for August 11, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for August 11, 2011

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

***SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE IN SUFFOLK, VA MAY IMPACT PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN VA, ESPECIALLY CHESAPEAKE, NORFOLK, PORTSMOUTH AND/OR VIRGINIA BEACH, THIS WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 10TH. SMOKE MAY IMPACT SUFFOLK, SOUTHAMPTON AND GREENSVILLE COUNTIES LATE AFTERNOON AND EVENING ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 11TH. GUIDELINES FOR CITIZENS TO ASSESS LOCAL AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE ARE PROVIDED AT THE END OF THIS FORECAST EMAIL.***


Hampton Roads
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Richmond
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

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 INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- 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
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: August 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Air quality forecasts for August 10, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kristen Stumpf, (804) 698-4414 or Mike Kiss, (804) 698-4460

Air quality forecasts for August 10, 2011

More detailed information is available on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web site at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/.

***SMOKE FROM THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP WILDFIRE IN SUFFOLK, VA MAY IMPACT PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN VA TOMORROW, ESPECIALLY THE FAR SOUTHEAST IN THE EVENING. GUIDELINES FOR CITIZENS TO ASSESS LOCAL AIR QUALITY CONDITIONS DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE ARE PROVIDED AT THE END OF THIS FORECAST EMAIL.***


Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Roanoke
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

Winchester
Color Code: Green - Good air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

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 INFORMATION:
Here are some general guidelines for citizens to use in assessing local air quality conditions whenever there is wildfire smoke present:

- 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.

Kristen Stumpf
Meteorologist
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-4414
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality/
http://www.deq.virginia.gov/air/assessments

From: Kristen Stumpf

Sent: August 09, 2011 at 2:38 pm