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Southland's bad-air days jump in 2014; hot, stagnant weather blamed
Southland's bad-air days jump in 2014; hot, stagnant weather blamed

Hot, stagnant weather in Southern California pushed smog levels above federal health standards on 94 days in 2014, up from 88 day last year, regional pollution regulators said. This year had been shaping up to be cleaner than 2013, officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District said -- in keeping with the improving pollution trend of the last several decades. However, a strong high pressure system developed late last month and hung over the region for weeks. That weather brought strong inversions, weaker winds and higher temperatures that concentrated ozone, the lung-damaging gas in smog, near the ground and caused bad-air days to linger well into October, officials said....

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