Bad Air Swirling Around The Desert Again

The winds have kicked up across the desert again, and you will be looking through the dirty haze again on Friday June 14th 2024.

The Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass are under an…AIR QUALITY ALERT DUE TO ELEVATED PARTICLE POLLUTION LEVELS FROM WINDBLOWN DUST.   The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued the Air Quality Alert for all day Friday.

Limit your exposure to the dirty air by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed and avoiding vigorous physical activity. 

Run your air conditioner or an air purifier.  Avoid using whole house fans or swamp coolers that bring in outside air.

Exposure to high particle pollution levels can cause serious health problems, including asthma attacks, heart and lung disease symptoms, and increased risk of respiratory infections. People with heart or lung diseases should follow their doctor`s advice for dealing with episodes of unhealthy air quality. Children, older adults, and people with respiratory or heart disease should avoid prolonged exposure and strenuous activities when particle pollution levels are high.

To help minimize outdoor particle pollution levels, the AQMD suggests you::

* Carpool, telecommute, reduce trips, or take public transportation

* Slow down if driving on dirt roads

* Stabilize loose soils


Sand being blown across a desert road

Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR