[ADEQ Forecasts] ADEQ Daily Air Quality Forecast - Saturday, May 26, 2012
Fri May 25 12:37:17 MST 2012
On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, ADEQ will begin sending the Maricopa County Daily Air Quality Forecast out through an email subscription service. This system allows people to sign up to receive this forecast (as well as other forecast products and informative messages) via the ADEQ website. It also allows people to sign up to receive a text version of the forecast on mobile devices. It will still include an attached PDF of the forecast as well as a link to its location online.
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Health message for Friday, May 25, 2012: Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
Health message for Saturday, May 26, 2012: Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
Synopsis and Discussion
*A PM10 HPA REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012*
A strong trough of low pressure has begun to move through the western states, increasing winds out of the southwest across Arizona. Some periods of blowing dust are likely across the deserts through Saturday morning, pushing PM10 levels towards the health standard. Dust-related air quality will improve by Sunday as winds decrease.
This trough will also bring much cooler air to the region. Saturday's high will be 15 degrees below normal (Forecast - 83°F, Normal - 98°F). Temperatures will rebound to normal by Monday and Tuesday as high pressure returns.
Another product of this trough is ozone/precursor import. With winds out of west and southwest, Arizona tends to get ozone and precursors transported from southern California. Though winds will not allow ozone precursors to set up long enough to form the invisible ozone plume on Friday and Saturday, we could see levels push into the middle part of the Moderate range on Sunday and possibly higher by Monday.
Check back on Sunday for a look ahead at next week's weather and air quality. Until then, have a great weekend! -J.Paul
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Mark Shaffer, Communications Director
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
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1110 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
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