Toxic Atmosphere – Toxic Landscapes – Aerosol pollution

Month: June, 2014

California Ozone and Fine Particulate Pollution Cycle

This is the color coded June 7 forecast for California and Nevada showing a day’s worth of harmful ozone and very fine particulate pollution. Colors other than green denote official unhealthy levels of air pollution.Yellow is unhealthy for “unusually sensitive” people, Orange is a warning to children, seniors, and those with heart and lung diseases.


Air Quality Index:

Source: airnow.gov


A Graphic Look at Severe Traffic Dust in California, USA

A carport overhang in the foreground, and a apartment building in the background, created a perfect magnifying aperture for the setting sun to illuminate a cloud of ambient traffic dust in Santa Barbara, CA, in 2012. The streaks are large pieces and shards of particulate, while the whitish cloud is small and fine particles. Traffic dust is composed of things like toxic heavy metals, soot, benzene, asbestos, and tire wear. The vid begins with a couple of still photos then the live action video. That cloud that swirls left to right is a minor burst of breeze.

Winds Interrupted — El Nino is Tearing a Hole Through the Trades


Trade winds. The east-to-west flow of airs across more than ten thousand miles of Pacific waters. Starting just off the coast of Ecuador, these winds typically blow in the range of 15 to 25 miles-per-hour uninterrupted across the vast Pacific before terminating in the South China Sea. The winds are a normal condition in the Equatorial Pacific. So constant that sailors relied on them as a kind of ocean conveyor during the days when sailing ships still ruled the waves. Year in, year out, the trade winds blow. Usually only subject to minor insults and brief interruptions from the massive and powerful weather phenomena that is El Nino.

But, starting yesterday, something rather odd began to happen. A six thousand mile stretch of the trades simply went dead.


(Pacific Ocean wind pattern as of 1 PM EST, June 4. The brighter the green, the higher the intensity, the deeper theā€¦

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