ADEQ says rain stabilized soil, low risk of blowing dust continues

The Oct. 7  five-day Maricopa County dust control weather outlook from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality shows that severe storms moving through the lower deserts on Oct. 6 dumped widespread rain in the region with most of the heavy rain activity in West Valley. Trained spotters reported funnel clouds near Buckeye and Avondale, according to the report.

All of this activity resulted in excellent air quality in the Phoenix area and particulate matter (PM10) air pollution dropped to the high teens, according to the report.
“Looking ahead, today also holds the potential for a small rain event. As the upper-level low moves southwest, winds
will shift to the northeast and pull any storms near the higher terrain towards the Valley. Even though this potential rain
event will not be as widespread, any amount of precipitation can help with dust. Therefore, particulates will remain
relatively low through the forecast period,” according to the report.
The Maricopa County Dust Control Action Forecast is issued to assist in the planning of work activities to help reduce dust pollution. A recorded message of this forecast can be accessed at 602-771-2368. To review the complete air quality forecast for the Phoenix metropolitan area, as well as the health impacts and reduction methods for different air pollutants, call 602-771-2367 for recorded forecast information or click on ADEQ’s Air Quality Forecast at http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/ozone/ensemble.pdf.
The Oct. 7 forecast at http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/ozone/mcdust.pdf.

The Oct. 7 forecast at http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/ozone/mcdust.pdf.

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