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Four days exceeded the PM10 air quality objective in Brooklyn during November and December.
The results for November and December are slightly worse than the same period last year, when there were three days that exceeded the objective. This stopped the trend of air quality improvements – relative to recent years – that had been recorded in Brooklyn since the middle of February in 2014.
Two of the four days that exceeded the PM10 air quality objective during November and December occurred during atypical conditions for poor air quality in Brooklyn. Firstly, on Saturday 8 November, PM10 levels exceeded the air quality objective in Brooklyn for only the third weekend day since monitoring began in late 2009, while another unusual episode of poor air quality was recorded on Tuesday 16 December, when a strong southwesterly wind change resulted in windblown dust impacting most of the city.
In 2014, Brooklyn experienced more dry weekdays with northerly winds than in any other year since air monitoring began in the suburb. This is significant because those are the conditions that facilitate the transport of PM10 from the Brooklyn Industrial Precinct to the neighbouring residential area to the south.
An increase in poor air quality in Brooklyn would have been expected during 2014 given the prevalence of dry weekdays with northerly winds, so it is encouraging to report that only the very wet year of 2011 had fewer poor air quality days in Brooklyn than this year. The results for 2014 would have been even better except for the four consecutive poor air quality days that occurred due to bushfire smoke in February.
Despite these signs of encouragement Brooklyn’s air quality still remains worse than anywhere else monitored by EPA in Victoria.
Page last updated on 19 May 2016