I guess these past 2 days were not the best days to be spending so much time in the field...
Hillsborough County News May 11, 2011:
Air Pollution Advisory Issued In Hillsborough County For Today
The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County (http://www.epchc.org/) has issued an Air Pollution ADVISORY due to elevated levels of the pollutant OZONE (http://www.epchc.org/ozone.htm).
This advisory was in effect as of 3 p.m. yesterday, May 10, and remains in effect until dusk today, Wednesday, May 11.
OZONE (http://www.epchc.org/ozone.htm) levels reached 66 parts per billion (PPB) at the E.G. Simmons Park monitoring station yesterday afternoon, and were forecasted to stay at a high level, resulting in an eight-hour average greater than the acceptable standard of 75 PPB. A level of 76 PPB for an 8 hour average translates to an Air Quality Index (http://www.epchc.org/current_air_quality.htm) of 101.
Air Quality Index values from 101 - 150 are considered Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Individuals with pre-existing respiratory ailments, the elderly, or the very young may want to take this into consideration when planning any outside activities.
For more information, contact: Tom Tamanini, Environmental Protection Commission, Air Management Division at 813-363-8815.