Dan Pope Reporting During the winter inversion months our meteorologists frequently report the "burn conditions" as measured by the state. Today, the Utah Division of Environmental Quality overhauled the way it reports air quality.
Air Quality affects everyone, everyday, all year long. And now, the green, yellow or red air quality index we are all familiar with will reflect that.
The state Department of Environmental Quality unveiled a new website today with more detailed information and longer range Air Quality forecasts.
Information is transmitted from air-monitoring stations like this one to the new DEQ web page where you can view the current reports and determine whether the conditions are good or bad for outside activities.
The big difference in the new reporting system is that it will focus on car pollution much more than what you burn in your fireplace or wood-burning stove. And it applies year-round, instead of just during the winter. We'll be asked to drive less on yellow "action" and red "alert" days, even in the summer. That may include consolidating our trips, taking mass transit or just parking the car if you can.
Obviously, from the view atop the Triad Center this afternoon, it is a green day.
Visit the link to the right to visit the new air quality Web site.