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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
700 AM EDT MON APR 27 2015

... THIS IS AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...

THIS WEEK MARKS THE BEGINNING OF OZONE SEASON FOR MANY AREAS IN THE
UNITED STATES.

EACH DAY OF AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE A UNIQUE TOPIC RELEVANT
TO EDUCATION AND PREPAREDNESS.

TODAY WE HIGHLIGHT TWO TYPES OF AIR POLLUTION: OZONE AND PARTICLE
POLLUTION...THESE ARE TWO COMMON POLLUTANTS FOUND IN MANY PARTS OF
THE COUNTRY.

OZONE IS A COLORLESS ODORLESS GAS. IT IS THE SAME GAS THAT IS FOUND
IN THE OZONE LAYER...HIGH IN THE EARTH`S STRATOSPHERE...WHERE IT
PROTECTS US FROM THE SUN`S ULTRAVIOLET ENERGY.  BUT AT GROUND LEVEL
WHERE WE LIVE...OZONE POLLUTION IS UNHEALTHY TO BREATHE. PARTICLE
POLLUTION...OR AIRBORNE PARTICLE POLLUTION...CONSISTS OF MICROSCOPIC
PARTICLES IN THE AIR.  DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE...IT CAN BE A
PROBLEM IN THE WINTER AND/OR SUMMER. LIKE OZONE...PARTICLE POLLUTION
IS NOT HEALTHY TO BREATHE. THE PARTICLES ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO HAZE
WHICH BLURS THE VIEW IN MANY CITIES AND NATIONAL PARKS.

TOMORROW WE WILL LEARN HOW THESE POLLUTANTS FORM AND CREATE POOR AIR
QUALITY CONDITIONS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...VISIT US
ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB AT WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV.

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HYSELL


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