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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LINCOLN IL
1025 AM CDT TUE JUL 7 2015

ILZ027>031-036-037-040-041-072100-
KNOX-STARK-PEORIA-MARSHALL-WOODFORD-FULTON-TAZEWELL-SCHUYLER-
MASON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GALESBURG...TOULON...PEORIA...LACON...
EUREKA...CANTON...PEKIN...RUSHVILLE...HAVANA
1025 AM CDT TUE JUL 7 2015

...POOR AIR QUALITY DUE TO CANADIAN WILDFIRES...

ANALYSIS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY INDICATES AIR
QUALITY OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL ILLINOIS HAS
REACHED UNHEALTHY LEVELS. THIS IS MOST PREVALENT NORTHWEST OF THE
ILLINOIS RIVER...AND IS BEING CAUSED BY THE SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES
IN NORTHWEST CANADA...WHICH HAS BEEN DRAWN INTO THE MIDWEST OVER
THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS. VISIBILITY IS BEING REDUCED TO A FEW MILES
DUE TO THE RESULTING HAZE...AND THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF SMOKE
BEING SMELLED AT THE SURFACE...DUE TO THE AIR BEING DRAWN DOWNWARD
BEHIND A RECENT COLD FRONT PASSAGE.

WHEN THE AIR QUALITY INDEX IS DESCRIBED AS UNHEALTHY...IT
INDICATES A GREATER LIKELIHOOD OF RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS AND
BREATHING DIFFICULTIES IN SENSITIVE GROUPS. PEOPLE WITH
RESPIRATORY DISEASES SHOULD AVOID OUTDOOR EXERTION...AND OTHERS
SHOULD LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF OUTDOOR EXERTION.

AIR QUALITY SHOULD IMPROVE LATER THIS AFTERNOON...AS HIGH PRESSURE
BUILDS ACROSS THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.

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GEELHART



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