Unhealthy levels of ozone feels like a permanent feature of life in SE Wisconsin near Lake Michigan so far in 2012.
More such after-the-fact alerts issued this year - - example from last week - - than during all of last year, and it's only July 2nd.
With a sobering heat advisory through Friday.
And remember that the DNR in 2011 ended the "watches," so when you get this important "advisory" - - a better word would be "warning" - - the unhealthy situation is already here.
This advisory went into effect at 4 p.m. I got the email about it at 4:32 p.m.
The DNR could have issued an early warning much earlier in the day.
Advisory for Ozone (Orange)
|Start Time:||4:00PM CT Monday, July 2, 2012|
|End Time:||1:00AM CT Tuesday, July 3, 2012|
|Counties:||Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine|
AIR QUALITY INDEX CHART
|Air Quality Index
|Levels of Health Concern||Colors|
|When the AQI
is in this range:
|...air quality conditions are:||...as symbolized
by this color:
|0 to 50||Good||Green|
|51 to 100||Moderate||Yellow|
|101 to 150||Unhealthy for
|151 to 200||Unhealthy||Red|
|201 to 300||Very Unhealthy||Purple|
|301 to 500||Hazardous||Maroon|
For More Information:
- Detailed Alert Status Information
- Air Quality Index
- Air Quality Notices Media Kit
- How You Can Help During an Air Quality Notice
- Do a little, save a lot!
- Local DNR air management program contacts