With an air quality alert in effect this week, the central San Joaquin Valley could use a good soaking.
Unfortunately, the earliest possibility of rain for the Fresno area, according to Accuweather, isn’t until Saturday, Nov. 9.
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And even then, the odds aren’t very good with just an 11% chance of precipitation.
The forecasters at The Weather Channel offer a little more hope. They predict a 10% chance on Sunday, Nov. 10, and 30% on Monday, Nov. 11.
— NWS Hanford (@NWSHanford) October 30, 2019
Limit Your Exposure to Smoke and Dust
Meanwhile, the Valley Air District reminds residents that they should limit their exposure to smoke and dust.
Smoke from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County and dust from gusty winds continue to hurt the Valley’s air quality.
Anyone exposed to poor air quality or wildfire smoke should move indoors and keep their windows closed.
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) October 27, 2019
How to Track Air Quality
Residents can use the district’s Real-time Air Advisory Network to track the air quality at myRAAN.com.
However, the air district advises that the RAAN monitors detect the small particles in smoke but not the larger particles often found in dust and smoke.
“If an area is covered in ash or dust, (the) air quality should be considered unhealthy even if the monitor reflects a lower reading” than RAAN Level 4 or higher, the district said in a news release Monday.
Residents also can access air quality conditions by downloading the free Valley Air app at the Apple Store or Google Play.
Watch: How to Download Valley Air App
(GV Wire/Alexis DeSha)