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Experts say we could see more dangerous dust than usual this year

Posted at 7:20 AM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 10:40:58-04

Dust in the air is common this time of year and just this week, multiple large dust clouds worked their way through the Valley.

Meteorologist Matt Pace with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality suggests we could be in store for more dust than usual this year. 

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"Pinal County, they've only seen about five percent of the rainfall that they could've gotten over the past about few months or so. So we have a lot of dust just south of the Valley," said Pace. 

It's recommended that you close your windows and doors when a dust storm rolls in but Pinal County also recommends that if you get caught out in a dust storm, you should cover your nose and mouth. You can also breathe through a wet cloth or put some petroleum jelly on your nostrils to help prevent your mucus membranes from drying out. 

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As the monsoon continues and more dust continues to blow throughout the summer air, you should stay weather aware and be mindful of the environment and air quality forecast.