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"Air Quality Alert" ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday... 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...and Suffolk. In effect until 11 PM EDT this evening and also in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday. 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. 341 PM EDT Wed may 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect until 11 PM EDT this evening... ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday... 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...and Suffolk. In effect until 11 PM EDT this evening and also in effect from 11 am to 11 PM EDT Thursday. 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. 438 am EDT Wed may 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 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 and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am this morning to 11 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. 438 am EDT Wed may 25 2016 ...Air quality alert in effect from 11 am this morning to 11 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 and Suffolk. In effect from 11 am this morning to 11 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. -- Wednesday May.25 16,08:24 PM

Rare Solar Eclipse Will Be Visible on Long Island This Weekend

The eclipse will take place in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 3.

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The east coast will get a visual treat this sunday from outer space as we’ll be front and center for a partial solar eclipse.  The eclipse on Sunday, November 3, will be considered a hybrid solar eclipse. From far-eastern North America, the Caribbean, and the northwestern tip of South America, you’ll be able to see a shallow partial solar eclipse. If the weather is perfect get your cameras ready to capture some vivid shots.

Further west in the U.S. and Canada, the eclipse will nearly be over at sunrise. It will not be visible passed Ontario, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. For New Yorkers, this is truly a rare treat - it's not often that Solar Eclipses are viewable locally in the region.

Here in New York the eclipse will begin at 6:29 a.m. and ends at 7:11 a.m. Over in Canada it can be seen at 6:35 a.m. and will end at 7:12 a.m. The eclipse will grace South America by Cartagena, Colombia at 5:52 a.m. and will end an hour later at 6:52 a.m. Europe, Africa, and the Middle East will see the eclipse in the early afternoon.

Be safe when viewing an eclipse. According to NASA the sun can only be viewed for a few seconds during a total solar eclipse. Partial eclipses, annular eclipses, and partial phases of total eclipses are never safe to watch.  Even when 99% of the Sun’s surface is covered, the tiny part that is shining can severely damage your eye.

The Sun can only be viewed directly with specially designed filters which have a thin layer of aluminum, chromium, and silver deposited on the surfaces. Filters unsafe for viewing the eclipse include color film, some non-silver black and white film, medical x-ray films, smoked glass, photographic neutral density filters, and polarizing filters.

One of the best filters to view the sun is a number 14 welder’s glass which is available at welding supply outlets. Another popular alternative is aluminized Mylar. Mylar can be cut with scissors and shaped into any kind of box for your viewing device.

NASA warns eclipse watchers to be careful when enjoying the eclipse, and offers up some tips and tricks for your viewing pleasure, which you can view here.

[Source: Earth Sky, NASA]