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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

*UPDATED* Air Quality

Code Orange Air Quality throughout Virginia Due to Smoke, June 14
Air quality across most of the State of Virginia continues to be affected by the smoke from the fires in eastern North Carolina and the Great Dismal Swamp in eastern Virginia.

Air quality is expected to improve in Virginia from northwest to southeast beginning Saturday evening into Sunday as a weak cold front pushes through the region.

Air quality across most of the State of Virginia continues to be affected by the smoke from the fires in eastern North Carolina and the Great Dismal Swamp in eastern Virginia.

The air quality index this morning in the western part of the State (Roanoke, Charlottesville and Winchester corridor)is in the Code Orange range due to particle pollution. The poor air quality is expected to shift eastward into Richmond and Hampton Roads today as the wind shifts to a southwesterly direction. Air quality is expected to improve from northwest to southeast beginning Saturday evening into Sunday as a weak cold front pushes through the region.

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 and forecast is available at:

www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: June 14, 2008 at 10:38 am

Air quality forecasts for June 14, June 15 and June 16, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for June 14, June 15 and June 16, 2008

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

JUNE 14:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

Richmond
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

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

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


JUNE 15:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

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

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

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


JUNE 16:
Hampton Roads
Color Code: Orange - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality (AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY)
Primary Pollutant: Particle pollution

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

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

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.

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.

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: June 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Air quality forecasts for June 13, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for June 13, 2008

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

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

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

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

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate 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.

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.

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

From: Dan Salkovitz

Sent: June 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm

*UPDATED* Air quality forecast for Thursday, June 12 for Richmond downgraded from Code Yellow to Code Orange

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

As of 11:30 am, the Richmond air quality forecast for June 12, 2008 is downgraded from Code Yellow to Code Orange.

Based on this morning's data trends, the air quality forecast for Richmond has been downgraded from Code Yellow to Code Orange. Ground-level ozone concentrations have been rising higher than previously expected today.

Current air quality readings are available at www.deq.virginia.gov/airquality. Tomorrow's forecast will be issued by 3:00 pm this afternoon.

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.

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.

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: June 12, 2008 at 11:43 am

Air quality forecasts for June 12, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Air quality forecasts for June 12, 2008

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

Hampton Roads
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate air quality
Primary Pollutant: Ozone

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

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

Winchester
Color Code: Yellow - Moderate 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.

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.

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: June 11, 2008 at 2:52 pm