Science and Environment

Late summer Ozone Alert issued

Sep 19, 2018

Summer-like heat and smoke from fires in Canada has prompted an ozone alert for southern Indiana.

The Environmental Protection Agency says ozone levels in Evansville and Vanderburgh County may reach the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range the EPA established for the 8-hour Ozone Standard.

In a news release, the agency says abundant sunshine, light winds, and smoke from Canadian fires helped create the risk.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon brought tornadoes and heavy rain to the Tri-State. 

The National Weather Service said an EF-1 twister hit the Stanley, Kentucky area Saturday afternoon.

The weather service estimated the tornado’s winds at 110 miles an hour, its width 200 yards, and its path two-and-a-quarter miles long.

One wall of a home was nearly destroyed, roofs were torn off a few homes, and the storm caused lesser damage to several homes.

EVSC tests lead levels in schools

Aug 22, 2018

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation says water fixtures in all of its school buildings have been tested for lead. 

In a news release, the EVSC says it took part in a voluntary state program to identify any water fixtures with lead content that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “action level” of 15 parts per billion.

The release says tests of the more than 1500 fixtures showed 96 percent of them fell within the safe lead-level range, well below the EPA recommended action level.

NWS issues Excessive Heat Warning

Jul 5, 2018

Forecasters are warning of dangerous heat in the Tri-State Thursday. 

The National Weather Service replaced its Heat Advisory with a more serious Excessive Heat Warning, after temperatures reached the 90’s and heat index factors topped 100 degrees by mid-morning.

The mercury was expected to flirt with triple digits this afternoon with heat indeces as high as 114.

Forecasters say the heat index will run at or above 100 degrees into the early evening.

Mother Nature turns up the heat

Jun 28, 2018

Festival-goers are urged to stay hydrated this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Friday and Saturday, just as Shriners Fest and ROMP shift into high gear.

Thousands are expected on Evansville’s riverfront for Shriners Fest. Thousands more are attending the ROMP festival in Yellow Creek Park at Owensboro.

Forecasters say high temperatures in the mid-90s are expected both Friday and Saturday, with peak heat index readings of 105 to 110.