New Air Quality Alert Product
Effective Thursday, May 15, 2008, at 4:00 AM CDT (0800 UTC), a new communications identifier will be implemented for all non-routine Air Quality Alert Messages (AQA) issued by the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Birmingham, Alabama (WFO BMX). WFO BMX will begin relaying air quality alerts from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) under the AWIPS ID of AQABMX / WMO Header AEUS74 KBMX, and discontinue relaying these alerts under AWIPS ID AQIBMX. The product type line in the mass news disseminator header block will be Air Quality Alert Message.
The AQA is an event-driven product. It is issued when the Alabama Department of Environmental Management relays messages which meet or exceed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for poor air quality for the Birmingham area.