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Marimee Jules, Staff Writer

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People here are very familiar with the inversion that takes during the winter.  For those who are unfamiliar with this, inversion is when fine particles of PM2.5 is produced in the air from pollutants from industrial emissions, pollutants, car engines and even bonfires. The mountains and warm air create are dome- like bubble effect trapping in these pollutants causing poor air quality. The inversion is responsible for the rotten egg smell (sulphur dioxide) and the smog that we’ve experienced on December 9th.
Many Snapchat stories joke that some is “hotboxing” Utah not fully understanding the effects of it. Meteorologist from KSL and the National Weather Service said that it was caused by high pressure being built in an area, the mid atmosphere warms while the valley cools. The warm air acts like a lid that traps in these pollutants. They’re predicting a long inversion period that will last into early January maybe longer because of the high pressure ridge over central and northern Utah, as stated by hydrologist Brian Mcinerney

Mckenna Andros said that “My friend had to stay home for 4 days because her allergies were acting up.’
Melony Kensie also said, “I always feel depressed and melancholy because the air quality is so bad, I get major headaches.”
The inversion can cause issues for people with asthma and congestive heart failure. Although we can’t stop everyone from using their cars and polluting the air, there are many things we can do to protect ourselves and stay healthy. Intermountain Healthcare has provided the public with some tips that can help people stay healthy. People are advised to stay indoors most of the time and to make sure that that their indoor furnace air filter is replaced regularly, make sure that your furnace is function properly. They also advise people to exercise indoors and finally to limit driving, idling, and all burning.                                                  

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