No air quality advisories issued this summer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Have you been breathing a little more easily this summer? Actually, there is a good reason why.

News 4 meteorologists have yet to report an air quality advisory this summer for the eight Western New York counties. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at Albany confirmed there was no advisory issued this summer and last summer as well.

There are some good reasons why.

Western New York has seen regular rainfall events, almost every two to four days, which have washed pollutants out of the atmosphere. There’s also been no excessive heat and air masses have dropped southward from Canada. These air masses have been nice clear, clean refreshing, which differ from those on a southwest flow from the industrial Midwest.

Another interesting note from the DEC: last summer was the first summer in which no air quality or ozone advisories have been issued for the eight Western New York counties. Now there’s been two years in a row. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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