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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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