What to know about the Puget Sound’s ‘unhealthy’ air quality; possible break on way?

TACOMA, Wash. — Officials warned Wednesday that air quality for the entire Puget Sound region is unhealthy due to wildfire smoke. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, Public Health-Seattle and King County, Snohomish Health District, Kitsap Public Health, and Tacoma-Pierce Health Department put out a joint release warning of the dangers of being outside. The release said air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems like: Asthma Attacks Trouble Breathing Coughing Stinging Eyes Irritated sinuses […]

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Seattle, Tacoma air quality officially the worst on record

SEATTLE – With smoke from wildfires blanketing the Puget Sound, one local researcher says Seattle and Tacoma recorded the worst 24 hours of air quality on record Tuesday. University of Washington professor of atmospheric sciences Cliff Mass blamed the unhealthy stretch on a “perfect storm” of meteorological conditions. “We had easterly flow, northeasterly flow bringing smoke from British Columbia and from Eastern Washington down into Puget Sound,” he said. “And we had this strong inversion over us that capped it […]

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Smoke, haze likely won’t completely clear out until after Labor Day

SEATTLE – If you’re hoping the air will clear up soon, there’s some bad news. Though things are likely to get somewhat better in the days ahead, Q13 News Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley said it could be weeks before the air is completely clear again. MORE: Is August smoke the new normal for the Northwest? “Warm, smoky, hazy and dry for as long as I can see,” Kelley said Tuesday afternoon. “No real change in the forecast. Yes, there will be […]

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Haze from wildfires surrounding Western Washington brings declining air quality

SEATTLE — The lingering effects of those wildfires hundreds of miles away means Western Washington’s air quality here at home is steadily getting worse. It’s supposed to really hit on Thursday. “A significant intrusion of smoke from wildfires in Oregon and California is expected to drift into the area tomorrow morning through the afternoon hours,” The National Weather Service in Seattle said Wednesday night in a twitter statement with the GIF below. “Most of the smoke will remain aloft, but […]

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