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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Poor air quality, at levels hazardous to children and the elderly, is forecast in the Baltimore area Tuesday, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. The agency expects "Code Orange" conditions between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., a level that is unhealthy for sensitive groups, which also include those with respiratory conditions. High levels of ozone are forecast thanks to temperatures possibly reaching the lower 90s and stagnant air conditions allowing pollution levels to build.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Poor air quality, at levels hazardous to children and the elderly, is forecast in the Baltimore area Tuesday, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. The agency expects "Code Orange" conditions between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., a level that is unhealthy for sensitive groups, which also include those with respiratory conditions. High levels of ozone are forecast thanks to temperatures possibly reaching the lower 90s and stagnant air conditions allowing pollution levels to build.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
A Code Orange air quality alert, meaning conditions are unhealthy for sensitive groups, is in effect for much of Maryland on Monday, a relatively rare occurrence outside of the summer months. The alert is because of warming temperatures and a high pressure system that is making the air stagnant over the region, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. That is causing fine particles to build in the air. That is different than the common air quality alerts issued during summer months, which are most often linked to high levels of ozone pollution, which can be exacerbated by hot weather.
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December 4, 2013
The recent code orange air quality alert is not surprising ( "Code Orange air quality alert issued, relatively rare outside summertime," Dec. 2). As I drove through Carroll County last Sunday I noticed at least five properties where large amounts of leaves were being openly burned, sending vast plumes of white smoke into the air. If it was happening in Carroll, then it was probably also happening in Frederick and other western counties. Open burning is illegal, but some people just don't like the government telling them what to do. Where was law enforcement?
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 40s and 50s are forecast in the Baltimore area Tuesday. Overnight lows were forecast from the mid-30s in the suburbs to the lower 40s downtown. Temperatures were expected to rise to the lower 50s in the afternoon, dropping back to the upper 30s overnight into Wednesday. For the second day in a row, the Maryland Department of the Environment issued a Code Orange air quality alert for the central and western parts of the state, meaning sensitive populations should limit their time spent outside.
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By The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2011
The National Weather Service was calling for Monday to be sunny in the Baltimore area with a high near 95 degrees and southwest winds between 6 and 9 miles per hour. The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a Code Orange air quality alert for the Baltimore area. A Code Orange alert means that air pollution concentrations may become unhealthy for certain sensitive groups, including children, people suffering from lung diseases, and the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity outdoors.
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By The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
The National Weather Service was calling for Thursday to be mostly cloudy in the Baltimore area, with a high near 90 degrees and south winds of 5 to 8 miles per hour. There is a 40 percent chance of showers after noon. The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a Code Orange air quality alert for the Baltimore area. A Code Orange alert means that air pollution concentrations in the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children, people with lung diseases and the elderly.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Temperatures are expected to reach into the low 90s across the Baltimore region on Friday as warnings about poor air quality continue, according to the National Weather Service. At 2:54 p.m., the temperature at BWI was 89. Downtown at the Maryland Science Center it was 95. A Code Orange air quality alert is in place throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region, which means sensitive or unhealthy people may "experience health problems due to air pollution," namely ozone, the weather service said.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 40s and 50s are forecast in the Baltimore area Tuesday. Overnight lows were forecast from the mid-30s in the suburbs to the lower 40s downtown. Temperatures were expected to rise to the lower 50s in the afternoon, dropping back to the upper 30s overnight into Wednesday. For the second day in a row, the Maryland Department of the Environment issued a Code Orange air quality alert for the central and western parts of the state, meaning sensitive populations should limit their time spent outside.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2013
A Code Orange air quality alert, meaning conditions are unhealthy for sensitive groups, is in effect for much of Maryland on Monday, a relatively rare occurrence outside of the summer months. The alert is because of warming temperatures and a high pressure system that is making the air stagnant over the region, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. That is causing fine particles to build in the air. That is different than the common air quality alerts issued during summer months, which are most often linked to high levels of ozone pollution, which can be exacerbated by hot weather.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2013
4:41 p.m. update: The Maryland Department of the Environment has extended its "Code Orange" air quality alert through Thursday evening. Children, the elderly, people with asthma and other sensitive groups are urged to avoid strenuous activity or exercise outdoors. 3:17 p.m. update: Today has set another new mark for hottest day of 2013 in Baltimore, with BWI at 96 degrees as of 3 p.m. With humidity, it feels like 100 degrees there. At the Inner Harbor, it feels like 103 degrees with an air temperature of 98 degrees.
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By Scott Dance and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
4:46 p.m. update: The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued an air quality alert across Central Maryland for Wednesday, with "Code Orange" conditions. Code Orange indicates air pollution levels unhealthy for sensitive populations, including children, the elderly and those with certain health conditions such as asthma. 3:10 p.m. update: The heat advisory has been canceled, with lower than expected humidity in the air, but temperatures remain high in the mid-90s around the region.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
Highs in the mid-90s with high humidity and afternoon thunderstorm chances were forecast Tuesday in the Baltimore area, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows were forecast in the mid-70s to start the morning. With partly cloudy skies, sunshine was expected to quickly raise the heat. Dew points are forecast in the upper 60s, an uncomfortable level for most people. The heat and humidity could fuel afternoon thunderstorms. A "Code Orange" air quality alert is in effect for the Baltimore region, with pollution levels considered unhealthy for children, the elderly and those with respiratory, heart and other health conditions.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
Temperatures are expected to reach into the low 90s across the Baltimore region on Friday as warnings about poor air quality continue, according to the National Weather Service. At 2:54 p.m., the temperature at BWI was 89. Downtown at the Maryland Science Center it was 95. A Code Orange air quality alert is in place throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region, which means sensitive or unhealthy people may "experience health problems due to air pollution," namely ozone, the weather service said.
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August 23, 2012
It's been a crummy summer for breathing in Maryland. August has seen five Code Orange days, where ozone has been so bad that the air poses a health risk for sensitive individuals, including children, the elderly and the infirm. But that's a big improvement over June and July, when Maryland had a total of 17 Code Orange days and four days of Code Red, when people are warned to stay indoors. In June, Maryland experienced its most polluted air in five years. Altogether, there have been 26 days of Code Orange or worse, compared to 24 such days at this point last year.
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