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000 NOUS41 KALY 051200 PNSALY PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ALBANY NY 800 AM EDT THU MAY 5 2016 ...AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES... 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...MORE THAN 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 ADDITION...NOAA CURRENTLY PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE AIR QUALITY PREDICTIONS AT AIRQUALITY...DOT...WEATHER...DOT 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...AIRQUALITY...DOT...WEATHER...DOT 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. 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. $$ KL/SND

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