Bay Area Spare The Air Days Are Human Distributed & Not Always Right

by on January 17, 2012

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Spare the Air, Bay AreaBack in the end of 2011, the residents of the Bay Area were subjected to “Spare the Air” days a number of inopportune times… Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, etc.. All times when visiting family from out of town would have absolutely loved having a fire going in the fireplace.

When I saw the Spare the Air alerts for the Bay Area, I thought to myself how unfortunate that this soulless, automated system is sending out alerts on THE absolute worse days of the year to do it… family holidays.

I mean, I don’t know about you, but after my family drove nearly 500 miles to see me and mine, well, it would have been nice.

I had presumed that the system that sends out the alerts was automated. I mean, in this day and age, I guess there’s a system that can read specific quantifiers in specific weather feeds and have it click off an alert.

Plus, who would be so inhumane as to sent out alerts on the biggest family get-together holidays of the year, right?

It would turn out that NBC Bay Area news reported that a human is behind the distribution of alerts. A human being destroyed my holidays! (OK, destroyed is a strong word, but each day, my entire family was rather disappointed that we had Spare the Air days on the few days we would see each other all year long.)

So I’m a bit miffed, that’s for sure.

It turns out that the Air Quality District folks seem to get some days wrong and completely miss other days. Wow… but how do they guess when a bad day will be?

By picking the days most susceptible to fireplace use….

“The Air District says its meteorologists look at a lot of factors, including historical data, weather conditions and if they think people will be burning. Air Quality is then rated on a scale. Anything over 100 triggers a “Spare the Air” alert.”

They say it’s extremely challenging to predict 24-hours out when a day will be bad, but to be honest, family holidays should be exempt days.

The Grinch

The Grinch IS running The Bay Area Air Quality Management District. That’s all I have to say, because if you can’t tell, someone here at this keyboard is a wee bit miffed!

If you’re curious about their hit and miss record, check out the following news article on the Bay Area Spare the Air days.

Thanks for hearing my vent…

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