Map Source: National Weather Service
According to the National Weather Service, an "Air Quality Alert" is in effect today for parts of western North Carolina (West Carolina).
I live in Macon County, less than a mile from the Jackson County line, but 5 or so miles by road. My question is this...will I have to wear a mask today when I go into Jackson County, or will there be a roadblock (for my safety) with people informing me of this "bad air?" /s
Here is the notice from the NWS:
Air Quality Alert
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHEROKEE...WAYNESVILLE...ASHEVILLE...
1017 PM EDT MON JUN 1 2009
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 9 PM EDT TUESDAY...
THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES
IN RALEIGH NC HAS ISSUED A CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY FOR
GROUND LEVEL OZONE...IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 9 PM EDT TUESDAY.
AN AIR QUALITY ACTION DAY MEANS THAT GROUND LEVEL OZONE
CONCENTRATIONS WITHIN THE REGION MAY APPROACH OR EXCEED UNHEALTHY
STANDARDS. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...PLEASE VISIT THE NORTH
CAROLINA DIVISION OF AIR QUALITY WEB SITE AT
...and like a good little Internet surfer, I followed the link (you'd be surprised how many people are too stupid to be able to do that) and found this notice:
Code Orange - Air Quality Action Day for Charlotte and the Asheville Ridge Tops on Tuesday, June 2, 2009!
What is the point of all this whooping and hollering? The same website gives us a list of things that we could do different today (I certainly won't) on a bad air day.
I'll give you guys a full report on the condition of the air in Jackson County and if I should succumb to the bad air, avenge me!!!
**7.51am** I have arrived safely at WCU in Cullowhee. Neither my companion or I could tell the difference in the quality of the air. I snapped a few photos to document the adventure...