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000 NOUS41 KOKX 050955 PNSOKX 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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