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"Air Quality Alert" ...Air quality alert in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 10 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester... Rockland...Nassau...Suffolk. In effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 10 PM EDT this evening. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. 1014 am EDT Tue Sep 2 2014 ...Air quality alert in effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 10 PM EDT this evening... The New York state department of environmental conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the following counties... Richmond...Kings...Queens...New York...Bronx...Westchester... Rockland...Nassau...Suffolk. In effect from 2 PM this afternoon to 10 PM EDT this evening. Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than an air quality index value of 100 for the pollutant of ground level ozone. The air quality index...or aqi...was created as an easy way to correlate levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the aqi value, the greater the health concern. When pollution levels are elevated...the New York state department of health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very Young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. A toll free air quality hotline has been established so New York residents can stay informed on the air quality situation. The toll free number is: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5. -- Tuesday Sep.02 14,04:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

NWS Issues Fire Weather Watch for Long Island

Nature & Weather, Local News, Seasonal & Current Events

Dry conditions and strong winds could exacerbate the spread of brush fires.

Update - April 23, 2014, 4:00 PM- Tomorrow's Fire Weather Watch has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning. Red Flag Warnings are issued when strong winds combine with low humidity and dry fuels to create “critical fire weather conditions.”

Original Story - April 23, 2014, 11:00 AM - The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement warning of enhanced risk of fire spread today, April 23. According to the NWS a combination of strong northwesterly winds and a drying air mass will create conditions that would aid in the rapid spread of brush fires if ignition were to occur.

This afternoon will see the greatest risk when humidity will reach a low point of 35-40% and winds will gust as strong as 40 mph.

A Fire Weather Watch will also be in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening for the entire tri-state area (a Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur). Winds will continue to blow between 15 and 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph, and relative humidity could drop as low as 18%.

Residents are urged to contact authorities immediately if they see a fire or smoke plume.

After the dry conditions expected for today and tomorrow, there is a 20-30% chance of rain from Friday afternoon through Saturday.

For the most recent weather forecasts, visit the Long Island Weather Center.

[Source: NWS]

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