The dust storms that swept through the region in April are now a distant memory.
It’s been just three weeks since air quality officials declared the region off limits to outdoor activity, and that hasn’t helped.
“The dust is still being cleared,” said Mark E. Zobel, director of the state Department of Environmental Quality.
“It’s not going to go away, and the pollution is still there.”
The problem with the dust storms is that they’re difficult to predict.
They were so unpredictable that it’s hard to know if they’ll recur in the future.
“The most difficult thing to predict is when the dust will go away,” Zoble said.
“We’ve had storms like this where it’s been over a month and there hasn’t been any significant improvement.
We don’t know when that will be.”
The dust storm that blew through the Central Valley in April.
While it can be difficult to tell exactly when the storm will recur, Zobl says that the next big storm will likely occur in late May or early June, which is when residents are expected to be in the middle of the worst of the dust.
“We’re not going back to the normal levels that we had before the dust storm,” he said.
The dust will still be a problem, but it won’t be as bad as it was before.
Zobel says that there have been no new instances of dust in the past three weeks.
While it may take a few days to completely clear out the dust, the state has already been able to get the air in the area back to normal.
We are able to keep our air quality up as long as we use the best technology available, he said, noting that the state also is using advanced technology to keep its air quality in check.
“I don’t think it will be long before we see an increase in the levels of the pollutant that we are seeing,” Zomel said.
The dust storms and their impacts have been exacerbated by the ongoing drought in the region.
Since the beginning of the year, there has been an increase of approximately 20 percent in average daily temperatures, and another 10 percent increase in precipitation.
Zobe said that the dust has also contributed to increased dust levels in the air.
Because of the increased moisture, there is more dust being shed on the ground.
In addition, the dust can spread quickly.
Zobels assessment is that it will take at least six months for the dust to settle, and possibly more, before residents are back to their normal levels.