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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
600 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...FORECASTS ARE
AVAILABLE FOR MORE THAN 300 CITIES NATIONWIDE 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
ADDITION...NOAA PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE AIR QUALITY PREDICTIONS AT
HTTP://AIRQUALITY.WEATHER.GOV WITH HOUR BY HOUR INFORMATION ABOUT
OZONE...SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES...AND DUST FROM DUST STORMS FOR
CITIES...SUBURBS...AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. THAT WEB SITE AGAIN IS
HTTP://AIRQUALITY.WEATHER.GOV.

OUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL DISSEMINATE AIR QUALITY
ADVISORIES/ALERTS ISSUED BY THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION...(NYS DEC)...NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION...(NJ DEP)...AND CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION...(CT DEEP). THESE
ADVISORIES/ALERTS WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED ON OUR WEB PAGE MAP AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/NYC. IN ADDITION...AIR QUALITY FORECASTS FROM THESE
SAME STATE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES WILL BE DISSEMINATED. THESE
ADVISORIES AND FORECASTS CAN BE FOUND AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OKX/AIRQUALITY.

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. THIS 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 US AT
WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV. THAT IS WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV.

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