Second air quality health alert issued in a week

Posted at: 04/30/2014 5:17 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The wind ripped through the state last night and left its mark this morning here in the Metro. It sure surprised out-of-towners, including one man from southern California, who said it was kind of weird not seeing the mountains.

It's the dust from west Texas and southern Colorado that put the city on air quality alert yet again today.

For the second time in less than a week, the City of Albuquerque issued an air quality health alert, and it's the fourth time since March.

The city takes it on a case-by-case basis.

"It's a judgment call based on visibility and the levels and the readings that we're seeing on our monitors," said meteorologist Jeff Stonesifer with the Environmental Health Department.

He says that he's noticed poorer air quality in recent years due to the drought in the Southwest, which means more dust in the air.