Earlier today, I noticed on that the air quality south of Phoenix, AZ was 476 (dark maroon), which is considered hazardous for everyone. When I looked up why, I read that the area was experiencing the beginning of a monsoon, and therefore there were:
extremely high PM10 concentrations at a number of monitoring locations with Stanfield the highest at 416 on the AQI scale (i.e. hazardous). The other exceeding monitors were Hidden Valley, Casa Grande and Eleven Mile Corner….()
According to Pinal County, AZ government ,
Particulate Matter 10 (PM10) is dispersed airborne particles smaller than 10 microns (1 micron = 10-4 centimeters) that results from vehicles traveling on unpaved roads, material handling and wind blown dust. Particles this small can be deposited deep into the respiratory system and increase respiratory distress.
Forecasters are expecting that this area will experience high pollution advisory days through Monday. You can stay up to date on the pollution levels by clicking .
Can any of our members who live in or around this area share strategies for coping with this type of weather event?