Much of our region is under air stagnation advisories it is something we have been dealing with a lot this winter.
RICHLAND, WA - Much of our region is under air stagnation advisories it is something we have been dealing with a lot this winter.
The air gets trapped and causes that freezing fog we've been seeing at night and in the mornings when we're driving. It can also be bad for your health. Pollutants from cars or chimney's, especially industrial exhaust from plants or factories stick around longer.
"We're in an inversion. It often happens in the colder weather and the cold air is trapped in the basin. What can happen then is smoke from home heatings, smoke from automobiles and any industrial process, instead of cleaning out it just gathers," explained Robin Bresley Priddy of the Benton Clean Air Agency.
People with asthma and the elderly can sometimes have difficulty breathing. It is recommended to avoid burning during air stagnation advisories because the smoke will have nowhere to go.