Saturday, June 25, 2011

June 21-24 summary
I have been at the Air & Waste Management Association's annual meeting this week and now getting caught up with the blog summaries. The meeting was in Orlando, Florida and brought in professionals from all over the world to present papers, posters, panels, and workshops in topics including air and water pollution, regulations, solid waste, and pollution control. There were a lot less attending compared to when I used to go regularly 10 or so years ago. Probably the cost of travel has a lot to do with it.

Ozone over these four days showed one day at the Desert View site with peak 1-hour at 85 ppb on the 22nd.
The Chaparral site ozone was at 75 ppb on the 22nd and 23rd.
In Las Cruces the peak hourly ozone was 69 ppb on the 22nd.

June 21

The AQI forecast for today was showing an area of moderate air quality over south-central NM due to ozone.
The AQI due just to smoke impacts includes all of southwestern NM in an area of moderate air quality.
A view of the Guadalupe Mountains this afternoon looking north. The haze just got worse as the plane traveled east toward my connecting flight in Austin.

June 22

The smoke impacts AQI map shows an improvement in southwest NM today.

June 23

Today's high was 104.

Smoke impacts are continuing to improve and the AQI smoke map will not be updated unless significantly smoke impacts are predicted.
At my last evening of the conference was treated to a nice rain shower and thunderstorm. I can see why they call Florida the overall leader in the number of lightning strikes. These innocent clouds in the pic below made quite a show a few hours later. The view is from the 22 acre lake at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando.

June 24

It was a hot one with our high temperature of 105F. Today's high was just shy of the daily record of 106 from back in 1978.

Flying back from the conference there was some haze over west Texas this afternoon but not as bad as earlier in the week. The pic below is of the Guadalupe Mountains looking north from around 30,000 feet.

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