What was that smoky smell?

January 26, 2009 2:45:14 PM PST
Many residents across the Houston area noticed a smell of smoke in the air this morning, but the problem wasn't anywhere near here.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Bryan Lambeth, a senior meteorologist with the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), says they believe the smoke is coming from forest fires in East Texas and Louisiana. The smell that many people noticed this morning was unusual because for an hour or so, they measured over 100 micrograms per cubic meter of particulate matter at two test stations -- one in Seabrook, the other in Clear Lake. This level is much higher than normal.

Experts could actually see the particulate matter meters rising from an area from south of Port Arthur on westward to the Houston area. Winds were out of the east overnight.

Individuals who suffer from asthma or other breathing problems are advised to limit their outdoor activities if they notice increased difficulty breathing.

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