Air Quality Alert (Advisory) Monday PM and Tuesday

July 22nd, 2014 at 12:06 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Ozone Action Day  The Michigan (and Indiana) Dept. of Environmental Quality has declared Monday to be an Air Quality Alert Day (you might remember these as “Ozone Action Days”…kind of like “global warming” has now been changed to “climate change” to cover more bases).  It’s likely that they will declare Tuesday an Air Quality Alert Day, too  The Advisory covers the lakeshore counties, Kent Co. and the Detroit area in Michigan and Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties in NW Indiana and the Chicago area.   This is for Ozone levels marginally reaching the “unhealthy level for sensitive groups”.  There was an Air Quality Alert Day issued for Sunday, but I did not see the readings reach “unhealthy levels”.  So, unless someone can correct me, it looks like they were at least one day early.   Here’s Ozone monitoring stations in Lower Michigan and Air Quality Index Values.  Here’s past Air Quality and Ozone Action Days (only two last year).   You can go to this website tomorrow and check the Ozone (AQI) levels and see if their forecast was correct.   Remember, there are FREE rides on the RAPID in the Grand Rapids Area and the MAX (Macatawa Area Express) in the Holland/Zeeland area (fixed routes only) on Clean Air Action Days.

35 Responses to “Air Quality Alert (Advisory) Monday PM and Tuesday”

  1. Barb says:

    I noticed a hazy/cloudy sky in the west over by the Mac Bridge. Is that due to the wildfires out west? I hardly think there would be that much industrial pollution up here in the Cheboygan area.

    1. Skot says:

      It was very Hazy here in Grand Rapids also about sunset.

  2. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

    Does anyone really pay attention to these alerts? Just asking.

    1. DarrenSVRstm ( Cedar S ) says:

      I can’t say that I do , but I’m sure a few people might although I know of 0 people that do . I to find it a bit ridiculous , I mean what should I do call my boss on Monday and tell him I need to remain indoors at home because the air outside is unhealthy to breath….ya right..! Lol. ( I remember back in the day when we had smog alerts )

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        I have plans to go to MI Adventures on Monday, If I tell the kids we can’t go because its not safe for the air to be driving, they will kick me in the knees.

    2. Trop says:

      It’s well established that air pollutants cause health problems and can cause death in those with emphysema, asthma, copd, and pneumonia. Maybe you don’t pay attention to these warnings, but some people should.

    3. Paul says:

      Oh I do, I find as many vehicles as I can to fill up, I cut everyone of my neighbors yards, etc.

      1. Barry in Zeeland says:

        Oh yeah, that’s real funny. I probably used to think along the same lines until we found out our oldest son has asthma, not so funny anymore. He does not do well on days like this. Just one time forgetting his inhaler on one of these types of days and I hate to even imagine what could happen. That’s the problem with most peoples thinking, if it doesn’t affect you it must not affect anyone.

      2. Barb says:

        Very selfish thinking.

      3. Paul says:

        Barry and Barb need to get lives. Your son’s asthma doesn’t appear only with “Air Quality Alert” days, so stop lying.

        1. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Really? Where did I ever say the asthma only appears on Air Quality Alert days? Read my post above again. Here, I’ll copy and post it for you:

          He does not do well on days like this.

          What kind of person are you that would make fun of that??

        2. Paul says:

          Barry, you need to stop and think before you post. You made it sound like the bogus criteria for these phony alerts are the sole cause for your son’s asthma. What type of person are you to come on this blog and lie that?

          Shame on you Barry, you need to tell the whole story. I have family with asthma as well and your not being completely honest about your son’s condition. Then again, how do we know if you’re not some left wing nut and lying about having a son with asthma?

        3. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Tell the whole story? Where do you want me to start? It really is not very difficult to understand that on these types of days breathing is more difficult than other days. Anyone who does not have asthma can tell you that. If calling me a liar about the whole thing makes you feel better, well so be it. If you really want to talk to my son about it, I’m sure he can set up a meeting. Better be soon though because he leaves for college in about three weeks.

        4. Paul says:

          Barry, grow up. It doesn’t have to be an “Air Quality Alert Day” for a asthmatic person to have trouble breathing. They can have problems breathing on a cold winter day. Your lack of knowledge and the fact that you would have your supposed son meet a total stranger to tell them about their asthma proves to me that you’re lying.

          Case closed.

        5. Barry in Zeeland says:

          And your total lack of thinking before you post shines through going back to your very first post here. And again, for the record, no where did I ever say that it had to be a Ozone day for this to happen. All I ever stated was that was that he does not do well on days like this. You argue like a child, knowing that you can’t win and just repeating the same thing over. If you even are an adult, it’s pretty obvious to any one here who needs to grow up.

        6. Rees says:

          Herp a derp. I wish I knew Paul in real life, he sounds like a great guy! Same with Ned, just two independent white men who don’t need no environment!

        7. Paul says:

          Barry, sorry to say this, but you’re an idiot. The reason I am repeating myself is because you apparently don’t understand asthma and how it works. Your argument is false, baseless and makes no sense. I respond with facts and you respond with more dribble.

          Now go outside and throw the ball around with your imaginary son, lol.

          Grow up.

        8. Barry in Zeeland says:

          Thank you. You’ve proved my point. All you have left to resort to now is name calling and saying I’m a liar. As for my imaginary son, nope, I have witnesses for that as well. Go ahead and ask Bill or send him an email. He has met my family including my son on multiple occasions, unless of course your going to also call him a liar. Better luck with your next endeavor arguing with some one else on of all things a weather blog.

        9. Paul says:

          Wishful thinking Barry, you’re a liar and you have no clue what you’re talking about. I sure you and Bill are best friends and probably have lunch every Friday, lol.

          Grow up Barry.

      4. Sandy (Hudsonville) says:

        Your thinking & acting very immature.

        1. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

          It is YOU’RE, not your. Your posts are less effective because of your grammar.

      5. Ned S. (East of Holland) says:

        Good one Paul. I burn green firewood in the fire pit, run every two cycle engine I can find, and smoke cigars.

        1. Paul says:

          Funny Ned, I was just joking and a few on here took it as a personal insult. I remember when they started these alerts, I was outside cutting my yard and didn’t know that there was a alert. Some neighbor of mine came and told me that she was going to call the police and report me. I laughed at her, she didn’t realize that I was an attorney and knew the difference. Extremists will do anything to get their way, they would probably like to make it a criminal offense, lol.

    4. Joe (Cedar Springs) says:

      My neighbors don’t. They are out there right now cutting thier dry weedy grass at the peak temp, making sure it stays an half inch golf course tall blowing dry soil adding to the haze.

  3. Jack says:

    I preferred when They Called Them, ” Ozone Action Days” !! Just Sayin ….. ;-) . Stay CUEDD…;-)

    1. Skot says:

      I concur DJ Jazzy Jack.

  4. Sally says:

    I was going to ask you the same thing. Could the wild fires out West make the sunsets so orange the last couple nights?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Yes, that’s at least part of the reason.

  5. Has anyone noticed the large number of Firefly’s this year? Maybe its just in this area but I have a larger amount that usual. Driving down the road I hit a lot of them at night. My windshield is basically plastered with the glowing color

    1. matt says:

      I have more this year where i live. I was sitting on the porch last night and there were tons. Kinda cool to watch them

    2. Jack says:

      About The Same Here, Maybe Even less Than Last Year. IMHO, they are Very Fascinating BUGS:: http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/005/cache/firefly_525_600x450.jpg. Remember Catching Them in Jars when I Was a Child.

    3. fixxxer says:

      Far less fire flys than last summer. Too cold at night.

  6. Jack says:

    PHOTO Of The Day, From Aurora Borealis Page. http://www.softservenews.com/photos/large/1270567_10151604115847161_71007088_o.jpg. From Quebec ….Breathtaking !! :-)

  7. Jack says:

    Ah Good SUNDAY Morning to You All……& CUE::: Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down – YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED5s1-Fe9FA. Stay CUEDDD…. ;-)

  8. Jack says:

    ADD another Sunday TUNE, SPIN : Big Tent Revival “Mend Me” – YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tktwH1un0A. GOD BLESS…. :-)

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