A Saharan dust cloud headed towards Louisiana has prompted the DEQ to declare today, Monday, June 13th an Ozone Action Day across Louisiana.  From the DEQ:

Sunday, Saharan dust will continue to gradually increase across the Bayou State, limiting ozone development and raising particle levels. Therefore, AQI levels will increase from low- to midModerate statewide. Monday, southwesterly winds will transport a dense area of Saharan Dust across the state, further raising particle levels, and leading to Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups AQI levels in most locations. Tuesday, concentrations of dust are expected to decrease slightly. However, with high pressure aloft limiting mixing, AQI levels will remain high-Moderate.

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The DEQ encourages everyone, especially those with allergies and asthma to limit outdoor activities today.  Some ways to limit or reduce the formation of ozone include:

Limit driving as much as possible
Conserve energy in your home
Mow grass, refuel vehicles, use gas powered outdoor equipment after 6P
Don't use lighter fluid if grilling, instead use an electric starter
Limit the useage of paint, paint-thinners, varnishes and solvents that produce flame

If you'd like to learn more about current air quality and what you can do to help reduce ozone creating activities, you can visit the LDEQ website.

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