Summer’s already not playing around. Earlier this week my editor asked me “what’s this heat dome all about?” When I reached out to Todd Yakoubian at KATV, Channel 7 today, he was already at work on a graphic explaining exactly what it is. Check it out:

Yakoubian also tweeted today that Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke and Saline Counties are currently under a Ozone Action Advisory from the Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Division of Health.

From the Arkansas Department of Health:

An Ozone Action Day is declared when weather conditions are likely to combine with pollution emissions to form high levels of ozone near the ground that may cause harmful health effects. People and businesses should take action to reduce emissions of ozone-causing pollutants.

 

Ozone Action Day Tips

  • Conserve electricity and set your air conditioner at a higher temperature.
  • Choose a cleaner commute — share a ride to work or use public transportation. Bicycle or walk to errands when possible.
  • Defer use of gasoline-powered lawn and garden equipment.
  • Refuel cars and trucks after dusk.
  • Combine errands and reduce trips.
  • Limit engine idling.
  • Use household, workshop, and garden chemicals in ways that keep evaporation to a minimum, or try to delay using them when poor air quality is forecast.