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Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
800 AM EDT THU MAY 5 2016

...THIS IS AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...

THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AIR QUALITY AND HOW IT
AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH.

TODAY WE HIGHLIGHT THE TOOLS AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU GET AIR QUALITY
INFORMATION.

OVER THE PAST DECADE MORE STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES HAVE BEGUN AIR
QUALITY FORECASTING FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES. TODAY ABOUT 300 CITIES
NATIONWIDE ARE ISSUING AIR QUALITY FORECASTS BASED ON PREDICTED
CONCENTRATIONS OF KNOWN POLLUTANTS SUCH AS OZONE AND PARTICLE
POLLUTION.

FOR THOSE LOCALITIES FORECASTING AIR QUALITY, NOAA FORECAST GUIDANCE
IS CURRENTLY PROVIDED TO STATE AND LOCAL AGENCY FORECASTERS
IMPROVING THEIR ABILITY TO PREDICT THE ONSET, SEVERITY AND DURATION
OF POOR AIR QUALITY. IN ADDITIONS, NOAA CURRENTLY PROVIDES
COMPREHENSIVE AIR QUALITY PREDICTIONS WITH HOUR BY HOUR INFORMATION
ABOUT OZONE, SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES, AND DUST FROM DUST STORMS FOR
CITIES, SUBURBS AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. THESE CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEB
AT HTTPS://AIRQUALITY.WEATHER.GOV

FOR UP TO DATE AIR QUALITY INFORMATION, THE AIRNOW MOBILE APP IS
AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE REAL-TIME AIR QUALITY INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN
USE TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTH WHEN PLANNING YOUR DAY. THE SMARTPHONE
APP INCLUDES LOCATION-SPECIFIC REPORTS ON CURRENT AIR QUALITY AND
AIR QUALITY FORECASTS FOR BOTH OZONE AND FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION.
IN ADDITION, THE EPA ENVIROFLASH TOOL PROVIDES AIR QUALITY FORECASTS
AND ACTION DAY NOTIFICATIONS FOR PARTICIPATING COMMUNITIES VIA
EMAIL. ENVIROFLASH PROVIDES INSTANT INFORMATION THAT CAN BE
CUSTOMIZED FOR EACH USERS NEEDS.

TOMORROW WE WILL LEARN ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE THE AIR CLEANER.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...VISIT OUR
WEBSITE AT WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV.

$$

LEVAN


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