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By Victoria Fowler
Gazette Reporter 

Air stagnation advisory extended until Friday


November 7, 2019

Air stagnation advisory has been extended to remain in effect until Friday at noon. The original advisory went in effect last Friday, Nov. 1, and was supposed to conclude Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The majority of the region is included in this advisory.

Air stagnation, according to the National Weather Service, means there will be light winds, little to no precipitation, strong morning inversions and poor conditions for pollution dispersion. Due to the limited movement of an air mass in the region, pollution has the potential to increase to dangerous levels.

With the current high pressure over the area there is a result of poor mixing in the atmosphere. According to the National Weather Service, state air quality agencies highly recommend no outdoor burning and any residential wood burning be limited as much as possible.

Prolonged stagnant air can keep pollutants closer to the ground and have a greater effect on the air we breathe.

The advisory states that those with respiratory illnesses should follow their doctor’s advice for dealing with high levels of air pollution. Increased levels of pollution may cause additional issues for those with respiratory concerns.


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