Air Quality Program to Pick Up the Pace This Year
By: Joseph Hewitt and Timothy Duda, Air Quality Team
The upcoming year 2005 offers some challenging endeavors for the National Weather
Service in Caribou, Maine.
One of these challenging endeavors is the expanding role the National Weather
Service will play in air quality. The National Weather Service unveiled
a new Air Quality program in 2004, and this program offers some exciting challenges
in the years to come.
The National Weather Service in cooperation with the Maine Department of Environmental
Protection (MDEP) will be disseminating air quality messages on NOAA’s
All-Hazards Weather Radio. The MDEP issues air quality forecasts
daily for the state of Maine.
When the MDEP issues a message stating unhealthy air quality, the National
Weather Service in Caribou will then issue a message on NOAA’s All-Hazards
Weather Radio about the unhealthy quality of the air. This message that
the National Weather Service will issue is called an Air Stagnation Advisory.
This message will include particle pollution, current ozone levels, and the
possible risks to the public. This message will be aired for a 24 hour
period on NOAA’s All-Hazards Weather Radio or until it is replaced by
a new message.
For more information on Air Quality, one can go to the Maine Department of
Environmental Protection website at www.maine.gov. In the next issue on this
newsletter, we hope to discuss the different sites around the region that monitor
air quality, particularly particle pollution and ground level ozone.