Pa. DEP: Air monitor was malfunctioning when climate apps confirmed 'hazardous' warning for air high quality in Lehigh Valley

Should you’ve checked your telephone’s climate app during the last 24 hours, you’ll have had some considerations.

The app was exhibiting a “hazardous” warning for the air high quality within the Lehigh Valley, with the Air High quality Index exhibiting a price of 500. To place that into perspective, the USA Environmental Safety Company says a “‘passable” Air High quality Index could be under 100.

Once they attain greater than 100, it begins to be thought-about unhealthy for delicate teams of individuals. As that quantity rises, so does the priority.

The Pennsylvania Division of Environmental Safety mentioned Thursday an air monitor – Allentown COPAM (Commonwealth of PA Air Monitoring) – was malfunctioning on the time of the excessive readings.

The division mentioned it’s looking at what prompted the sensors to malfunction. It says no air high quality points are anticipated over the subsequent few days, and no alerts shall be issued by the division.

Our very personal WFMZ Meteorologist Dan Skeldon mentioned when there’s an air high quality concern, we’ll get loads of heads up forward of time from knowledgeable.

“The Nationwide Climate Service wants a human to offer out these alerts so they don’t seem to be going to be triggered by a defective sensor,” Skeldon mentioned. “If it is an app you comply with day by day, you get the alert and also you do some investigating, you say wait a second, everybody else is 50 and its 999 over in Bethlehem or Allentown, it ought to increase some purple flags.”

Now, Lehigh Valley residents can proceed to get pleasure from their time exterior, with out the concern of an air high quality index placing them at excessive threat.

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