LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—On hot summer days air quality can be a problem because the sunshine and warm temperatures promote a chemical reaction that causes pollution and ground level ozone.
The Department of Natural Resources monitors air quality through out the day and you can see the map on their web site.
Tuesday in La Crosse the air quality was good. But that can change quickly.
"A lot of our problems could come from 100 miles away or 300 or 400 miles away because of the way our air moves we're not always in control of our own air quality," Jim Steinhoff, Environmental Health and Lab Manager, La Crosse County said.
Ozone ten miles up in the sky protects us from damaging sun rays, but ground level ozone causes problems for us.
"It hurts not just people and their lungs but it can damage buildings and plants, just about anything it comes into contact with for a long period of time," Steinhoff said.
Days when ozone is expected to be high:
Days when particle pollution is expected to be high:
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