Anchorage air is uncommonly dusty

Jan 16, 2013 -- 10:25am

 

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The mid-winter warm-up in the Anchorage area has caused unusually dusty air in the city. The Anchorage Health and Human Services Department on Tuesday issued an air quality advisory for people with health concerns. Health Department Deputy Director Steve Morris says usually this is the time of year Anchorage has the lowest particulate levels. He says the dust and grit in the air usually occurs in late March and early April during breakup. KTUU-TV reports that the health department placed instruments around the city and measured particulate matter in the air. On a normal day, levels range from 0 to 50. But on Tuesday the index was 110. That sounds high, but officials say it is still considered a low level advisory. 

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