Welcome to Breathe Easy Waco!
Your Regional Partner in Air Quality
Using knowledge and action to improve air quality, reduce ozone formation, enhance health, and reduce the need for regulation in the Heart of Texas.
The Heart of Texas Council of Governments (HOTCOG) is an organization of local governments working together voluntarily to solve mutual problems and plan for the future of the six county area. Currently, HOTCOG has over 80 member governments made up of: counties, cities, school districts, community colleges, and special districts. HOTCOG was originally established in 1966 and serves a geographic area covering Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan counties.
Regional councils, by law, are political subdivisions of the state; with authority to plan and initiate needed cooperative projects but does not have powers to regulate or tax, which are exclusively assigned to cities and counties. As any other political subdivision, regional councils must abide by laws governing open meetings, open records and the conduct of public officials. HOTCOG is also required to obtain an annual audit to assure accountability of public funds.
Sunny. Highs around 81°F. South southeast wind 6 to 18 MPH, gusting to 26 MPH.
Mostly Clear Night: Mostly clear. Lows around 60°F. South southeast wind 8 to 15 MPH, gusting to 22 MPH.
Thursday Oct 24
Scattered Storms Day: Mostly cloudy with scattered thunderstorms. Highs around 78°F. Southeast wind 7 to 13 MPH, gusting to 18 MPH. Chance of precipitation 40 percent. Precipitation amounts less than one tenth of an inch possible.
Storms Night: Windy with thunderstorms. Lows around 49°F. Windy, with a north wind 14 to 21 MPH, gusting to 30 MPH. Chance of precipitation 80 percent. New precipitation amounts from one inch to one and a half inches possible.
Friday Oct 25
Scattered Showers Day: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs around 59°F. North wind to 19 MPH, gusting to 29 MPH. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Scattered Showers Night: Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 44°F. North wind 9 to 14 MPH, gusting to 19 MPH. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.
Saturday Oct 26
Isolated Showers Day: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs around 67°F. Northwest wind 4 to 9 MPH. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
Isolated Showers Night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows around 43°F. South southwest wind to 5 MPH. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
Sunday Oct 27
Sunny Day: Sunny. Highs around 73°F. South wind to 6 MPH.
Clear Night: Clear. Lows around 47°F. Southeast wind to 6 MPH.
Monday Oct 28
Mostly Sunny Day: Mostly sunny. Highs around 69°F. North wind to 7 MPH.
Mostly Clear Night: Mostly clear. Lows around 49°F. Northeast wind to 7 MPH.
Tuesday Oct 29
Isolated Storms Day: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs around 71°F. East northeast wind to 7 MPH. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
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What is Ozone?
Ozone is a pollutant formed when two classes of chemicals, Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), are exposed to sunlight. This reaction creates several compounds of which the most hazardous to human health is ozone. Ozone is the primary component of smog and is regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
What are the Sources of NOx and VOC’s?
NOx is produced almost entirely as a by-product of high-temperature combustion.
Common sources of NOx include:
• automobiles, trucks, and marine vessels
• gasoline powered lawn equipment
• construction equipment
• power generation
• industrial processes
• natural gas furnaces
VOCs include many organic chemicals that vaporize easily, such as those found in gasoline and solvents. They are emitted from many sources, including:
• gasoline stations
• motor vehicles, airplanes, trains, boats
• petroleum storage tanks
• oil refineries
• biogenic, or natural emissions from trees and plants
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