Stop the Mower: Today Declared First Ozone Action Day of Season

It's the earliest in the year an Ozone Action Day has been called since 1999.

Rochester is dealing with , a heat advisory and now the first Ozone Action day of the season.

Several days of hot, humid weather, high temperatures, little wind and little chance of rain have contributed to the high concentrations of ground-level ozone that is expected today, according to SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. 

This is also the earliest Ozone Action day called since 1999.

Following are some things SEMCOG recommends residents can do to help keep the air clean:

  • Try not to refuel on Ozone Action days: If you need to refuel, fill up in the evening when the weather is cooler. Also, don’t “top off” the tank.
  • Reduce automobile use: Plan to carpool, use public transit, walk, bike or work at home.
  • Relax: Choose the lawn chair over the lawn mower.

With a heat advisory issued until midnight tonight, temperatures in Metro Detroit hit 94 degrees at 3 p.m. Tuesday, breaking the 43-year-old record for June 7 by 1 degree, the National Weather Service said. 

Temperatures are expected to soar into the upper 90s today with the high temperatures and humidity combining to make it feel like 95-100 degrees.

Heather Mir June 08, 2011 at 01:52 PM
We all either rode bikes or walked to school/work today...I will also be happy not to cut my grass in the heat as well.
Janice Rex-Weaver June 08, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Thanks for the great awareness!
Mark Tisdel June 08, 2011 at 06:00 PM
I have used a manual reel mower--about 80% of the time--for several years. It's great exercise, does a better job, and is very neighborhood-friendly (quiet, no emissions). I live on a corner lot and my yard is about 13,000 sq feet. It takes me about 90 minutes and I walk (according to my Fit Bit) about 4 miles. The only downside is frequency, e.g., I mow two to three times per week. (It's too much work if the grass is too long.) The upside is I can go on several long walks no risk of getting lost!


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