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Rain Reducing CSRA's Smog Days

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Now add sunlight…

And you've got smog.

Paul DeCamp, Deputy Director of Augusta Planning & Dev. Dept. says, "It's mobile sources such as trucks and vehicles and other off road equipment that contribute a greater percentage to smog than do the stationary sources.

Peak ozone season is May 1st through September 30th.

And DeCamp says the CSRA normally sees four to five *ozone* or smog alert days.

But this year it's been so wet and cloudy that we've only seen half that.

"With the rain has come lower temperatures and with lower temperatures there's less heat generated in the atmosphere so that there's less smog created as a result of that," said DeCamp.

Other things add up to the smog equation. Things that might surprise you.

Jason Nappi, meteorologist at WJBF-TV says, "It's a hazy late-Summer day in Augusta and it's not just the cars that are causing pollution, it's the trees, too."

Yes, these trees also factor into the smog equation.

"When the chemicals coming off of them combine with heat and sunlight they can act as a contributor to smog," said DeCamp.

Children most at risk when air quality is at its worst.

"Their respiratory systems are not as developed as adults. They can be subject to more severe problems if they end up being affected by poor air quality," said DeCamp.

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