Air Quality Awareness Week is April 27th to May 1st

Information on Air Quality Awareness Week can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/

New for the summer air quality season in Michigan will be the dissemination of Ozone Action Days! as declared by the Michigan Departement of Environmental Quality.  NWS Weather Forecast offices /wfo/ serving Michigan will issue an Air Quality Alert Message /AQA/ product for relaying important air quality information from external agencies...such as th Ozone Action Days!  The product type line in the mass news disseminator header block will be: Air Quality Alert Message.

Previously the air quality statement /aqi/ was used to relay this type of information.
The AQA is an event driven product. It is issued when external agencies relay messages which meet or exceed environmental protection agency standards for poor air quality.
A description of the AQA product...a static product example...the AWIPS identifiers and the WMO headings are provided online at:
    http://www.weather.gov/os/notification/resources/aqa.htm
If you have any questions...please contact

Rich Pollman, National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac, Warning Coordination Meteorologist

9200 White Lake Road

White Lake Michigan 48386

Phone: 248-625-3309 Extension 726  Email: Richard.Pollman@noaa.gov



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