Why Phoenix's Air Quality Actually Improved In 2019

By Mark Brodie, Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:53pm
Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Lightning in Phoenix on Aug. 28. 2019.

It’s no secret that Maricopa County has one of the worst air pollution problems in the country. But the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality reports air quality was much improved last year thanks in large part to the weather.

No major monsoon dust storms were reported last summer, and rain keep our air cleaner in the winter and spring months.

Matt Pace, a meteorologist who monitors air quality for the Department of Environmental Quality, joined The Show to talk about it.

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