Each day a Massachusetts Air Quality Forecast arrives in my inbox. This service from www.enviroflash.info informs me about air quality for the next day. Green and I'm good to go, yellow means I might curtail or rearrange some of my outdoor activities, orange or red and I'm staying inside as much as possible.
You can also get health information from pollen counts to air quality on some weather sites. I like the health maps on Intellicast to check on the current status when my email alert brings a problem to my attention. Sometimes things change for the better or worse.
Air Now also has a reference page that explains the details of the Air Quality Index, who is included when they alert danger for sensitive groups, and what triggers an air quality emergency that impacts all of us.
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Words: Penny Cherubino with screenshots from the sites featured.